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Epigrammes in the Oldest Cut 

and Newest Fashion 

By John Weever 

Reprinted from the Original 

Edition with Notes &c 



This reprint was first published by Sidgwick # 

1911. Re-issued at the Shakespeare Head Press, Stratford 

upon- Avon 1922. 


IT would hardly be maintained by the greatest devotee 
of the Elizabethan period that the Epigrams here re 
printed have much literary merit : it might even be 
denied that they have any. Their interest lies almost 
entirely in the number of allusions to Weever's contempo 
raries which they contain, but these, and the extreme 
rarity of copies of the original edition, seem fully to 
justify their being made more accessible to students. 
With the exception of the Palladis lamia of Francis 
Meres, there is, I think, no single work of so early a date 
which contains references by name to so many Elizabethan 
writers of the first or second rank. The epigram on 
Shakespeare is well known as one of the earliest allusions 
in which his name is mentioned, and besides this we have 
poems upon or addressed to Spenser, Jonson, Marston, 
Daniel, Drayton, Warner, Christopher Middleton, and 
several other writers of less note, besides a number of 
Weever's personal friends or acquaintances. It is true 
that in most cases the positive information which we are 
given is not great ; but nothing can be without interest 
which shows us how such men as these were regarded 
by their contemporaries. 


Of Weever himself it is not necessary to say anything 
here, for the little that is known about him is set forth 
in the usual books of reference. For the understanding 
of these epigrams it need only be remembered that he 
came of a Lancashire family, and was from 1594 to about 
1598 a student at Queens' College, Cambridge. He is 
supposed, on leaving the University, to have returned to 
his Lancashire home and to have there spent the next 
few years. 

It seems likely that a number of the epigrams are taken 
from or suggested by Latin sources. In one or two cases 
such borrowings are referred to in the notes, but no 
attempt has been made to investigate the question 
systematically, as this could not have been done save at 
an expenditure of time and labour altogether out of 
proportion to the probable results. Weever was no great 
epigrammatist, and it seems of little moment whence he 
derived his material. 

A much more important point is the date when the 
epigrams were written. A portrait of Weever by the 
engraver Thomas Cecil, prefixed to his Funeral Monu 
ments, 1631, gives his age in that year as 55. If this is 
correct he must have been born in 1575 or 1576, and as 
in the verses to the readers prefixed to the present work, 
he claims that his ' tender-blushing youth ' has not yet 
known ' twenty twelve months ', it has been customary 
to regard the epigrams as having been written in 1595, 



a date which would place that on Shakespeare among the 
very earliest references in which his name is mentioned. 
Examination shows, however, that this is certainly not 
the date of the work as a whole, and probably only a small 
part of it was written so early. Even this epistle to the 
reader cannot, at least in its present form, be dated earlier 
than 1598, for it contains an undoubted allusion to 
Marston's Scourge of Fillany, first published in that year 
(see note on p. II, 1. 14). Further, when we turn to the 
Epigrams themselves we find one (p. 43) containing the 
date 1598, and another (p. 101) referring to the death of 
Spenser, which took place in January, 1598/9. The 
description of Edward Warren and Cuthbert Halsey, 
or Halsall, as knights (pp. 62, 90), shows that the 
dedications to them must be after July, I599,^vhen they 
were both knighted at Dublin by the Earl of Essex 
(W. C. Met calf e, Book of Knights, p. 209) ; and if the 
Thomas Egerton on whose death there is an epigram on 
p. 109, was the son of Sir T. Egerton, Baron Ellesmere, 
that epigram at least must have been written later than 
August, 1599, when he was killed in Ireland. The state 
ment on the title-page that the book is * a twise seuen 
houres (in so many weekes) studie ' must, I think, be 
dismissed as a fiction, and we must suppose the Epigrams 
to have been written at various times during four or five 
years, the majority dating probably from 1597-8. The 
most we can say is that some, e.g. De Epigr. suis, on p. 20, 


were certainly written while their author was still at 
Cambridge. Among the earliest were probably those on 
the death of Ferdinando Stanley in 1594 (? 95)- 

The book is of the greatest rarity, the only copy now 
known being the one preserved in the Malone collection 
at the Bodleian Library (Malone, 904), from which the 
present reprint has been made. 1 The copy contains a few 
manuscript notes and corrections in an early hand. It 
was at one time in the possession of W. Combes of 
Henley-on-Thames, and has his bookplate. The work is 
a small octavo, the paper measuring 1 34 x 87 mm., and 
the type-page, including the ornaments, 116 x 70 mm. 

There is no entry in the Stationers' Register. 

The reprint follows the original misprints included 
in all respects as closely as possible. In consequence, 
however, of the different proportions of modern type it 
has been necessary to increase the width of the type-page, 
using seven of the ornaments at head and foot instead of 
six as in the original. As a result of this the headings 
' The first weeke,' &c., had, in order to preserve the 
general balance of the page, to be printed in a size larger 
type than they should be. The ornaments are in all cases 
those of the original. 

The printer made considerable use, especially in the 

1 Collier indeed, in his Bibliographical Account of the Rarest Books, 
&c., ii. 495, states that there exist at least three copies, but he says 
nothing as to their whereabouts, and may have been mistaken. 


headings of the poems, of an italic m with a tail ending 
in a dot. This letter properly represented m + a full 
stop, and if it had been used with any regularity, it could 
have been fairly represented by printing this. Unfortu 
nately, however, the compositor seems not to have had 
very clear ideas about the letter, for he sometimes uses it 
where no full stop is required, as in ' obitum ' on p. 41, 
1. 9, and sometimes puts a full stop after it, as on p. 81, 
1. 2 ; p. 84, 11. 2, 9. Further, in several cases where a head 
ing does not end with this m there is no stop. I have 
therefore thought it simplest to represent it in all cases 
by ' m 9 alone. 1 

Signature A 8 is wanting in the Bodleian copy. It was 
probably blank, but of course we cannot be certain of this. 

On pp. xi-xiii I have added a list of the chief misprints 
and irregularities of the original, in order that readers may 
be in no doubt whether an erroneous reading is due to 
the early printer or to the modern reprinter. In this 
list, however, such minor irregularities as v where we 
should expect #, mispunctuation, and in some cases a 
Roman letter for an Italic, are not given. The MS. notes 
and corrections in the Malone copy are here recorded. 

1 This tailed m occurs in the original as the last letter of all head 
ings of epigrams which here end in m not followed by a full stop, 
except the headings of i. 2, iii. 2, 7, vii. 4, which have a plain m. 
It also occurs in that of ii. 18 (obitum), and (before a full stop) in 
the headings of v. 7, 13, 14, 22. 


It was not at first my intention to add any explanatory 
or illustrative notes either to this work or to others which 
may follow it in the series, but there is much in these 
epigrams which calls insistently for annotation. I have 
therefore added a few brief notes on the allusions, for 
several of which I am indebted to Mr. Charles Crawford, 
and have made an attempt to identify the persons referred 
to. Unfortunately in several cases I have found this 
impossible. For the better known persons I have thought it 
sufficient to refer to the Dictionary of National Biography. 


in the oldeft cut, and 

neweft fafhion. 

twifefeuenhoures (info many 

No longer (like the fafhion) not vn- 
like to continue. 

The firft feuen. 

lohn Weeuer. 

Sit vo/ui/e, 


At London 

Printed by F.S. for Thomas ##/&?//, and are to be 

fold at his {hop at the great north doore 

ofPauks 1599 

To the Right Worjktpfull and 

worthie honoured Gentleman fir Ri 
chard Houghton of Houghton Tower, 
Knight : luftice of Peace, and Quorum : High 
Sheriffe of Lanchifhire, &c. Adorned with all 
giftes, that valour may giue y or 
venue game. 


Nowingy and admiring (Right Wor.) 
the generall applauje^ and loue which 
you haue of your cuntrie^ wonne (no 
doubt) by your venues, Jeated in a hart 
of curtejie : And the experience which 
many Jchollers haue had of your kindneffe^ neuer to be 
forgotten^ but with vngratefulnejfe : perjwade me you 
wil animate my yong Mufe, and vouchfafe to per 
vfe the fruites, of my not curious nor carelejfe ftu- 
dies : albeit I mufl confejje farre vnworthie your Wor: 
view ; VnleJJe y (like thewifeftjenator)you would haue 

A 2 your 


The Epiftle Dedicatorie. 

your Jerious affaires intermedled with diners delights^ 
to driue away the tedioufnejfe of time. Then (mojl 
bountifull Meccenas) if you fauour the effeft of my la 
bour, it willferue you for a ieaft^ to refrefli your wea 
ried mind) continually exrcifed in matters concerning 
the common wealth. And thus I commend my 
Booke to your mild cenjure^ and your 
felfe to your Joules 

Yours in defire 

loh: Weeuer. 


In commendation of the worke and the 

Nor doft thou praife, a pockworne tawnie trull, 

Nor doft thou carue a liuelefle flubbred ftone, 

Nor doft thou fill thy page with great othes full, 

Nor doft thou fonnet of King Salomon : 

Nor doft thou like a loue-iicke milke-fop gull, 

Vnto thy Miftris for a kifle make mone: 

But fait with fugar, honnie mixt with gall, 

Muft needes be praifde, muft needes be likt of al. 

Now I am fure, thou tend es to vertues lore, 
Shewes reading, iudgement, and inuention, 
Thus writ the Epigrammatifts of yore, 
And told the world her foule abufion : 

Thus thou and thine ftial euer enui'de be, 
And like a Page will Enuy tend on thee. 

A3 Why 


In Authorem. 

Why fo ? Alcyon maketh firft her neft, 
And then into the riuer lets it flide, 
To fee if t'wil keepe water from her breft ; 
So thou thy neft my friend in me haft tride 
I like it wel, it holdeth water out, 
Feare fier, fier is the curious fcout. 

T. B. Gen. 

In Authorem. 

I wim my rough-hewne lines might gratifie, 
The firft borne of thy pleafing Poefie, 
Thefe be but bloflbmes : what will be the fruite, 
When time and age, hath made thee more accute ? 
Meane while how euer Momus bite the lippe, 
Each man will praife the weauers workmanmip: 
When wittie verfe is worthily regarded, 
Then mail thy verfe be thankfully rewarded. 

I. K. Mag: Art. 



Ad Librum. 

So great a fence withing in fo mort a verfe, 
So great a worke within fo mort a fpace, 
So great aduife to find in fo few yeares, 
Addes fame to Granf y and thee to Mufes race. 

Thefe Epigrams the buds of thy firft fpring, 
Shew what thy leaues in fummer time will be, 
For more they do fprout forth, the more thou fing 
That th'after age thy wit may verifie, 

Thus Grant is made Pyrene our willowes baies 
This Booke the honor of thy yong wife daies. 

Tho: Kedgewin Gent. Vindt qui patitur. 



To the Author. 

Of Hemp and wooll our country weauers make, 
Such kind of cloth as keeps vs whole and cleane, 
This filken Weeuer fubtler loomes gin take, 
And feu'n weeks web hath warpt with finer beam, 
His cloth difcouereth vice, 

adorning vertues lore, 
Wherefore of greater price, 
then Weauers heretofore. 

Ed\ Gurney. Gent. 

In laudem Authoris. 


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Ow yg Afl OTTOS 'fawn \ivfg/c 

v OVK, 
ouv 'tf 


In laudem Authoris 

Quarts Amalthtfte cornu? num quarts 6? Artis? 

Nee fine mente iocos? & fine dentefales? 
Hue vertes occulos, animumfa aduerte benignum, 

Prtedarum dott<e re/pice mentis opus, 
S*epe Poeta nouem, celebrauit carmine mufas : 
Nunc decima audita eft, carmina Mufa loqui. 
M. Milward mag: Ar: 
Statute bono y fta tuto 

Leftores, quotquot, quales, quicunfa eftis. 

O let my words be fweetned in a mouth, 
(If your great highnefle can difcend fo low, 
As daigne to view my tender-bluming youth, 
That twenty twelue months yet did neuer know) 
Right Malmfey relimt : one which euer faith, 
Good, very good, nay, excellent in faith. 




Dew gracious lookes vpon mine infant Mufe, 
Nip not my bloflbms in their budding prime, 
Thefe artlefle lines at leifure do perufe, 
Only to adde more wings to idle time: 
My hou'ring mufe could neuer get that fpirit, 
Which to perufe me might your fauour merit. 

I neuer lay vpon a bed of Rofes, 
Twixt Beauties lips entombing of my tong, 
Smelling rofe-waterd odoriferous Pofes, 
Pleafing my miftris with a Mermaides fong. 
Of amorous kifling more then loue-ficke lauifh, 
Whofe iuice might make my words the Readers 


The liquid waues nor did I euer plafh 
Of filuer-channeld IJis purling riuer, 
(Yet NeBor-o\d nymph-nuriing Grant wil warn 
Hir Nymphs: & fcorns preheminece to giue hir) 
Nor haue I fpent in Troinouant my dayes, (Bayes. 
Where all good witts (fome fay) are crown'd with 



I cannot fhew then in a fugred vaine, 
Wit, Judgement, learning, or inuention : 
I cannot reach vp to a Delians ftraine, 
Whofe fongs deferue for euer your attention : 
Nor Draytons ftile, whofe hony words are meete 
For thefe your mouths, far more than hony fweet 

I neuer durft prefume take in mine hand 
The nimble-tripping Faeries hiftory, 
I cannot, I proteft, yet vnderftand 
The wittie, learned, Satyres myftery ; 
I canno/ moue the fauage with delight, 
Of what I cannot, Reader then I write. 

^ Muft I then caft in Enuies teeth defiance? 
( Or dedicate my Poems to detraction ? 

Or muft I fcorne Caftilioes neere alliance ? 

Nay, I muft praife this Poet-pleafing faction ; 

Left in the Prefle my ouerthrow they threaten ; 

And of the Binders laugh to fee me beaten. 


O that I had fuch eloquence as might 
Intreate the enuious Reader boue the reft, 
(For his deepe wifedome cenfures all aright) 
That by his lippes I may be alwaies bleft ! 
If this fuffice not for the enuieft, 
Know then, I am an Epigrammatift. 

lohn Weeuer. 

Intentio operis & Authoris. 

For pride with Clio Tamyras contend, 
For profit Otho y all thy Poems fpend, 
Pedro for praife, praife Burgloneroes vice, 
Pleafe thou thy felfe, in reading ouer thrice 
Tubro thy verfe. Speake faire ye Gnatonifts y 
But whip and fcourge ye Epigrammatifts : 
To whip and fcourge, my chiefeft meaning is, 
With feu'n fower rods laid ful feu'n weeks in pifle 
Yet pleafure, profit, pride, nor praife allures me, 
To whip & fcurge. But vertue that procures me. 



To the generous Readers. 

Pigramms are much like vnto Almanacks 
feruing ejpecially for the yeare for the 
which they are made, then theje (right 
iudging Readers) being for one yeare pend, 
and in another printed : are p aft date before they come 
from the PreJJe, that you may put them vp in your 
pockets (like your old Almanacks) as not befitting this 
triumphant yeere of lubile : yet I bejeech you /hew me 
Jome curtefie, in hope to haue the next calculated more 
carefully. If you looke for Jome reafons becauje 1 keep 
no order in the placing of my Epiftles and Epigrams, 
let this fuffize, I write Epigrams, and there is an old 

Non locus hominem, fed homo locum, &c : 

The placing giues no grace 

Vnto the man, but man vnto the place. 

Some faultes you /hall finde in the printing, and 
more in the penning, all which I referre to your owne 
correction, and myjelfe to your mild cenfures. 

loh: Weeuer. 

[Wanting in original, probably blank] 


The firft weeke. 

Epig. i. Defe. 

r do I feare the Satyres venim'd bite, 
Nor choplogs teeth, ne Railors vile reproch, 
Nor male-contented Enuies poyfned fpight, 
loues thunderbolt, nor Momus long fharp broch 
Nor that I haue in high Parnaffus flept, 
Or pledg'd Apollo Cups of Maflicke wine: 
Or by the fount of Helicon haue kept, 
That none dare carp thefe Epigrammes of mine ; 
But that I thinke I mall be carpt of none, 
For whole wreft water from a flintie ftone? 

Epig. 2. Ad Leftorem 

Of all my Epigrams, Reader, reade not one, 
Ne yet reade two, but rather reade iuft none 
Then reade them all, or let them all alone. 




The firft weeke. 

Epig. 3. In Elizabetham. 

If that Elizium be no fained thing, 
Whereof the Poets wont fo much to fing ; 
Then are thofe faire fields in this Faerie land, 
Which faire Eliza rules with awfull hand : 
By BAI th ^Egyptians fignifie the foule, 
Which doth the bodies appetites controule, 
ETH fignifies mans hart, from whence we know 
The fountaine of their vitall breath doth flow. 
ELIZA giues this land the name : BAI foule ; hart ETH 
Name, foul, hart, of this land ELIZABETH. 

Epig. 4. In Cormungum. 

Cormung did wim wel alwaies to the poore, 
Wifhing they had of Corne or money ftore : 
When wifhing would not fill the poor mans box 
The poore man wifht, and Cormung had the pox. 



The firft weeke. 

InCra/um. (my fhoos, 

Thou'rt medling with my hat, and medling with 
Thou'rt medling with my ruffes, and medling 

with my hofe : 

Thou'rt medling with my gate, and medling with 

my lookes, 

Thou'rt medling with my wit, and medling with 

my bookes : 

CraffuSy thy medling hath this guerdon only gotte 
Medlers are neuer ripe before that they be rotten. 

Epig. 6 In Brillum. 

Two Contraries more glorious farre appeare, 
When each to other they be placed neare : 
Vntil I knew this axiom I did mufe, 
Why Gentlemen fo much do Bafes vfe : 
Yet Erillus Bafes addes to Brill no grace, 
But make him bafer, whom by birth is bafe : 

Gentilitie then Erillus firft mould get, 

Before bafe Erillus do in Bafes iet. 

B 2 My 


The firft weeke. 

D* Epigr.fuis. 

My Epigrams were all new ready made, 
And onely on the Printers leifure ftaid ; 
One of my friends on Sheeps greene I did meet, 
Which told me one was printing in Bridge ftreet : 
And would (if fo it pleafde to come thither) 
Print with a warrant both gainft wind & wether. 
I thanked him : my Booke to Prefle now goes : 
But I am guild, he printeth onely hofe. 

Epig. 8. In Thyrum. 

ThyruSy thou told'ft one I might be amam'd 
To print thefe papers ; and it did fore greeue thee, 
And that thou wouldft in print be neuer nam'd : 
Thou dar'ft not Thyrus therefore I beleeue thee; 
Yet twixt vs two this ftrife we may foone ftint 
Looke at your breeches, are they not in print? 


The firft weeke. 

Epig. 9. De Ingenio, Fortuna, Fama. 

Witte fcorned Fortune, followed after Fame, 
That throgh the world fhe might extol his name ; 
Fortune fcorned "Wit, and gaue him this therfore, 
He might haue Fame, but euer with it poore. 

Epig. 10. De Fama y t? Amore. 

Flie thou from Loue, and it wil follow thee, 
But folow Fame, and it wil flie from thee : 
Then flie from Fame, and follow Loue, if either ; 
Then thou'lt loofe fame, & yet attain loue neither : 
Since diuers are the waies of Loue and Fame, 
No maruel then thogh loue oft end with mame. 

B 3 Bofcus 

The lirft weeke. 

Epig. ii. In Bofcum. 

Bofcus at boules his fhoulders cannot want, 
He thinkes belike thei're made of Adamant : 
What way he would his brafil bowle mould wed 
That way he doth alwayes his moulders bend : 
Hob, hob he cries, pox on that hob, naght's good, 
Blow wind, hold Byas, fuccour there, Gods ( ) 
But Byas wrong, that oth not {boulders drew it 
luft by an afle, backe to the afle which threw it. 

Epig. 12. De carne leporina. 

Plini reports of all beafts in their kind, 
The flem is beft of a fwift footed hare : 
It doth not onely beautifie the mind, 
But makes the bodie, face, furpafling faire : 
I wonder then why connies in requeft 
Shuld fo much be, when hares flem is the beft. 



The firft weeke. 

Epig. 13. In Rogerum Manners Rut- 

It's not the Tea which doth our land inclofe, 
That makes vs mightie to withftand our foes : 
Nor farmes, nor mannours, but where manners be 
There ftands the cittie, from foes danger free ; 
If Manners then make vs our foes withftand, 
MANNERS may wel be cald ROOT of the LAND. 

Epig. 14. In CraJJum. 

CraJJus will fay the dogge faunes with his taile, 
To men of worth he writes for's beft auaile : 
CraJJus thou lyeft, dogs write not deedes of men, 
Then thou the dog that marleft at my pen. 

B 4 Mono- 

The firft weeke. 

Epig. 15. In Monocerotem. 

Monoceros hath ftrength, but hath no witte, 
And therefore one home will the foole befitte : 
But how can't be that he but one home haue ? 
When to his neighbour Brufus two he gaue ? 

Epig. 1 6. De Pcsno. 

Poore Pcenus had flnce ftatute was made fo, 
At eu'ry towne fome cheare, but whip and go : 
But euer fince the Clari-cords came in, 
Of whipping cheare he furfeited had bin : 
He neuer thankes his deer eft friends therefore, 
That fuch good cheere prouided for the poore ; 
Except the Conftables were phifitians good, 
To know the figne before they let him bloud. 


The firft weeke. 

Epig. 1 7. In Felicem. 

Felix the foole, I faid, as foolim writte, 
Therein my felfe more foolim I did mow, 
But then he prou'd himfelfe to haue no witte, 
That did not call me afle for faying fo. 

Epig. 1 8. 

Aske Lygdus who a Poet is by right, 
He with harm Horace thus will anfwere ftraight, 
He that hath pulld his haire quite from his beard, 
And can inuent braue oths wold make one feard, 
Pulld off his nailes, and left no haire on's head, 
Thus would he haue himfelfe a Poet read ; 
For Lygdus had a warning for three pence 
Three yeares ago, he ne're need mauing fince. 



The firft weeke. 

Epig. 19 In Nigellum 

If I fhould choofe, yea, for my life, 
To be thy hawke (Nigel!) or wife, 
I would the hawke chufe of the one, 
She weares a hood, thy wife weares none. 

Epig. 20 In eundem 

Dogs thou doft loue, dogs thou doft feede, 
Thy wife thou hat'ft in time of neede ; 
And ftill with her thou art at ftrife, 
Better to be thy dog than wife. 


The firft weeke. 

Epig. 21 

One fued for feruice at Florellaes fhrine ; 

Florella kindly did him entertaine 

To be her feruant, me a Saint diuine ; 

This high preferment glad he was to gaine ; 

To make this match her frends he forward foud, 

If but this one thing he himfelfe would grant. 

To feoffee her by yeare in forty pound : 

He tried his wit (for wit oft comes by want) 

And brought them ftrait within his ftudie doore, 

And there he fhew'd them old Orations, 

A common place-booke of ten quire and more, 

Latines, Verfes, Theames and Declamations; 

He fwore thefe coft four hundred pound at leaft, 

(May be at learning he had fpent fo much) 

Thats fortie pound a yeare by intereft. 

But marke, her friends feru'd him a craftie tuch, 

You mal haue her (fay they) but firft know well, 

For fo much coine you muft your papers fell. 


The firft weeke. 

Epig. 22 Defe. 

Some men marriage doe commend, 
And all their life in wiving fpend ; 
But if that I fhould wiues haue three, 
(God keepe me from Polygamie) 
lie giue the diuell two for pay, 
If he will fetch the third away. 

Epig 23 Ad Michaelem Dray ton. 

The Peeres of heau'n kept a parliament, 
And for Wittes-mirrour Philip Sidney fent, 
To keepe another when they doe intend, 
Twentie to one for Drayton they will fend, 
Yet bade him leaue his learning, fo it fled, 
And vow'd to Hue with thee fince he was dead 



To the right ivorjhipfull and no- 

ble minded Gentleman, Robert 

Dalton of Pilling 



Earing (right Worfliipfull) left 1 fliould 
die altogether ungratefully Occajion eue- 
ry day proffers herjelfe to performe more 
than my wit dare prefume to promije: and 
it will be long (I fear e me) before they iumpe in a full 
point. In the meane time, take (I bejeech you) a few 
lines in this waffe peece of paper^ in part of a Schol- 
lers payment. And withall, if not a Gerfalcon^ thinke 
yet I fend you a Hawke, which will be agreeable to my 
wi/hy and your Worjhips worthineffe. 

loh: Weeuer. 

The fecond weeke. 

Epig. i Ad Robertum Dalton Armig. 

e thou (kind Dalton) with a fmiling looke, 
Thefe rude pend lines of this my fecod book ; 
And I, my Mufe, and Graces three wil praife 
Thy iudgement, wit, and valour: 
But I, my Mufe, and Graces, are too few, 
To pen thy praife, to whom al praife is due. 

Epig 2 In Tortonem 

Torto hath croft his ierkin and his hofe, 
So without crofles Torto neuer goes, 
(Except whenas he dallies with his whore, 
For then croft Torto runnes vpon the fcore; 
By all good tokens Roll a kifling tooke : 
And Item for, did fet on Torto es booke) 

His greateft crofle, that wil crofle al, I dread, 
Is, he wants crofles for to crofle his head. 



The fecond weeke, 

Epig. 3 In Titum 
When hare-brain'd Titus. 

Defunt nonnutta. 


The fecond weeke. 

Epig. 4. 

When witte is waining thus we write of want, 
As though our workes were all loft by the way: 
Or for their goodnefle ftolne were we vaunt, 
And printed fore againft our wills we fay ; 
Lets write in want, for I haue tried this, 
Than one too many, want one better is. 

Epig. 5. De nomine in Marmore fculpto. 

Great Marcus made his pure proud marble toom 

In Pauls Church wall, for lacke of better roome: 

Foule fnake-ei'd Enuy, s'daining his great praife, 

Hath cut M. thus ( / / ) as thogh me meant to raze 

His name quite forth of Fames immortal booke, 

And breakes the ftones, makes all vnfeemly look : 

If ftones and names decay, what wonder then 

Thogh death deftroy vs weak and mortal men ? 

C Ruffinus 

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The fecond weeke. 

Eplg. 6. In Ruffinum. 

Ruffinus loft his tongue on ftage, 

And wot ye how he made it knowne ? 

He fpittes it out in bloudy rage, 

And told the people he had none : 

The fond fpe6tators faid, he a6led wrong, 
The dumbeft man may fay, he hath no tongue. 

Eplg 7. In eundem. 

Ruffinus hath no tongue, why? 

For now he loft one : 
Ruffinus hath a tongue, why? 

He faies he hath none. 



The fecond weeke. 

Epig. 8. De Carione. 

Carlo bragges and fweares his wife's a maide, 
A louely Lucrece, or Diana rather : 
Some facred Saint in womans clothes arraide, 
And why? his children are fo like their father 
Yet Canoe* coufoned, do what e're he can, 
She thinks of him, lies with another man. 

Epig. 9. In Coruum. 

Now old-cook Coruus you which do yet fcorn it, 
That your faire Fulua with her golden haire 
Should rub your head, & afterwards then horn it, 
And al becaufe you fee no homes appeare : 
But in thy mouth another man more feeth, (teeth. 
In faith thou'rt hornd : thou want'ft thine vpper 

C 2 Nihil 


The fecood weeke. 

The fecond weeke. 

Epig. n. In D. D. Palmer. 

Palmers in woods liu'd onely by the Palme, 

And gaue to pafTengers the fweeteft balme: 

In wilder neiTe when any went aftray, 

Then Palmers fet them in the ready way : 

So Palmer Hues by our frcfh Palme the Queene, 

(Victorious Palme-tree grow thou euer greener) 

And in a wood or wildernefle doth tell 

The paflengers which way they may goe well : 

(For the world is a wildernefle of woe, 

Like paflengers the people in it goe :) 

Thus Palmer Hues and giues the fweeteft balm, 
To Palmer then of right belongs the palme. 

C 3 Cajlilio 



The fecond weeke. 

Epig. 12. In Caftilionem malum 
quendam Poetam. 

Caflilio writes when he might hold his tongue; 
Caftilio craues, though pardon for his writing, 
That's to confefle vnto the world his wrong : 
Which of the world (at leaft) deferue's enditing : 

Well, thus the world is guilty of his fin, (him ? 

And the world hangs, how can the world hang 

Epig. 13. In eundem. 

Caftilioes ficke vpon it, 

loue help him in his anguifh, 

Left that worfe verfe he vomit, 
So oft as he doth languim. 


The fecond weeke. 

Epig. 14. Ad Philerotem. 

A great demeane friend Phileros you haue, 
And feuen wiues all lying in their graue: 
But yet the churchyard farre more profit yeelds, 
Than all the reuenewes of your faireft fields. 

1 5' I H Stratum. 

Fortie foure pence brought Stratus to a play, 
Fortie foure pounds he carried yet away : 
A Coni-catcher who calls him for the fame ? 
A Money-catcher may be Stratus name. 

C 4 How 


The lecond weeke. 

Eplg 1 6. In obitum pijjfimi, fapientiffimi y omni^ vir- 
tutum genere cumulatiffimi viri Richardi 
Fpcheri Armig. 

How Nature triumph 't at this Vpchers birth ! 
Swore he fhould be th'ornament of the earth : 
In him fhe placed her imperiall throne, 
As though mankind remaind in him alone: 
All Wifedome, Vertue, Courage in his breft, 
As in their faireft lodge mould alwaies reft : 
But when Death faw this better worke of Nature, 
And all perfections found in this one creature ; 
Death likewife triumpht, and was wondrous glad 
That fuch a Champion to aflault he had : 
Whom if he killd he killd (he kild we find) 
All Wifdome, Vertue, Courage, and Mankind. 



The lecond weeke. 

Epig. 17 In Caluum 

Some fay that Caluus lately loft his haire, 
By Paris garden bayting a white beare, 
The wifer fort affirme that he was fliauen 
In Deuils ditch, Knaues acre, Cuckolds hauen : 
Aske Caluus, he of fcripture makes a fcorne, 
Naked hee'le die, for naked he was borne. 

Epig. 1 8 In obitum Mirmedontis y 

Here lies the man who whilom in a trance 
At Tiburne di'de wounded by men of France^ 
For wading Tiburne there he got a queafe, 
Which brought the perpendicular difeafe, 
And afterward of rope-feede tooke a furfet, 
Which caufd him be canvaft in a hempon blaket ; 
Well, Mirmedon was fure to go to wrecke, 
When that red headed Taurus rulde the necke 



The fecond weeke. 

Epig. 19 In Lollus. 

The lurcher Lollus at the Ordinarie, 
Wil left of all mens manners in the Cittie, 
Another fot applaudes him fitting by 
Thus : Sir, by heau'ns, that was wondrous wittie 
I ouer-heard, and when I heard the beft, 
In faith t'was but an ordinarie ieft. 

Epig. 20 In eundem 

I laugh't aloude to heare this wind-falne man 
Say, that he courted (at the play) his whore ; 
Shall Court run currant for a Curtezan? 
Were Ladies euer thus abufde before? 
Then lone a boone yeeld, yeeld to my requeft, 
Make me a Ladie, for his fake at leaft. 



The lecond weeke. 

Epig. 21 In obitum fepukrum Gullionis. 

Here lies fat Gullio, who caperd in a cord 

To higheft heau'n for all his huge great weight, 

His friends left at Tiburne in the yere of our Lord 

159 and 8 

What part of his body French men did not eate, 
That part he giues freely to worms for their meat 

Epig. 22 In Coam 

A nor a will Coa efpie, 

Till me afcend vp to the corner 'd n. 



The fecond weeke. 

Epig. 23 Ad Robertum Datton Armig. 

Kindnes it felfe, and Vertues vicegerent, 
Learnings maintainer, Pouerties releeuer, 
Valours bright enfigne, Honors heire apparent, 
Gentlemans behauiour, Governments vpholder, 
Thefe titls claim, thefe, more the thefe thine own, 
If more may be, or more in ma was known. 

Epig. 24 In Vertumnum iudkem. 

Wicked Fertumnus Perylus redeem'de, 
With (T) though (0) Perilus deferu'de, 
For Chion () though it better feem'de 
For Chion (T) for Chion neuer fweru'de : 
With (A) Lotus held in law too long, 
Thus Perily Chion, Lotus he did wrong. 



The fecond weeke, 

Epig. 25 Ad Leftorem 

Curteous kind Reader, find my meaning out, 
Whilft that I go the hemifphaere about, 
My wit's in waining, darke, obfcure, and dull, 
Therefore muft change before it be at full : 
To Phcebus orbe my wit doth goe this night, 
Of him to borrow fome tranfpiercing light. 




To the right worjloipfull, Jir Ri- 

chard Mullineux knight, indued with 

the depth of wifedome, and all 
good gouernement. 


He wijefl Romans (right Worfhipfull) de 
lighted in the counterfet gestures of Rof- 
cius; the graueft Cato would haue his fe- 
ftiual day to frolicke in : then I thinke your 

thoughts intended to mofl Jerious fludies, will Jome- 
times take delight in trifles. And for a preparatiue 
to your mind-refrefliing paStime^ here are a few pilks^ 
which will purge melancholy : Prouided alwayes this^ 
that litle is their venue in operation^ vnlejje yon par 
don the giuers prejumption. 

loh: Weeuer. 



The third weeke. 

Epig. i De Interlunio. 

The half fac'd Moone nights gouernefle did chag 
When in the Crab the Sunne was retrograde ; 
To th'hot dry Lion ftrait fhe meant to range, 
Till with the Dog in longitude he ftaide : 
So this next week by thefe fignes you may gather 
You muft expect crab'd, dry and dogged wether 

Epig. 2 In Fufcam 

Tell me Bollana if thou can, 
What meanes thy Miftris weare a fan ? 
So faire a fan, fo fowle a face, 
Fufca, or fan, muft needes diigrace. 

D Wife 


The third weeke. 

Epig. 3 Ad D. Mounteagle. 

Mounteagle, which art now thy cuntries pride, 
Vnto thy worth would I could tune my verfe, 
Then Wit and Art, and all I would prouide, 
To be thy Poet, and thy praife rehearfe : 

But with my Art I cannot equall thee, (me. 

Then thou thy felf muft needes commend for 

Epig. 4 De homine in Luna. 

When Bunas view'd the wandring plannets feau'n 
He fpide a knaue in Moone all cloth 'd in blacke, 
Who for his theft could come no nearer heau'n, 
But bore a bufh of fharp thornes on his backe : 

A knaue in Moone ? what neede he look fo hie ? 

When in the Sunne a thoufand ftoode him by. 



The third weeke. 

Epig. 5 In Rami/las. 

Wifedomes adopted heire fay what thou can, 
Ramifts defend in Moone to be a man, 
If pleafe him pifle, then he doth fend vs raine, 
If drunke, a deluge, and a watry maine : (yeere, 
Come down thou man fince Sturbridge fair foure 
Thy pifllng made vs all drinke {ingle beere. 

Epig. 6. In eofdem. 

Fro whence doth come this root-vpriuing wind? 
From the moons man, when he doth blow behind 
Snow, froft, and haile, be fcales in's hoary crown, 
And from his nofe the mildew drops ydowne: 
His Camphire breath doth all perfume the aire, 
Bedews the flowers, & makes the fields feem fair : 
Vapours arifing from the earth his meate, 
And like a glutton he doth alwaies eate : 
I thinke thofe men be wifer farre then thefe, 
Who think the moon is made all of green cheefe. 

D 2 Hence 

The third weeke. 

Epig. 7. Ad fatorum dominum 

Hence Braurons god to Taurominion, 

And you leualting Corybants be gone, 

Fly thundering Bronsferops to Hyppocrene, 

And Manors to Nymph-nurfing Mytikne y 

Griefly Megteraes necromanticke fpell 

Depart to blacke nights Acheronticke Cell, 

Avaunt transformed Epidaurian, 

Vnto th'Antipod Ifles of Taproban : 

Away Cyllenius plumie-pinion'd god, 

With thy peace - making wand, fnake - charming 

And al the reft, not daring looke vpon (rod, 

Vranus blood-borne brood and fell Typhon, 

Chym<eraes victor great Bellerephon y 

Thou vanquifher of Spanifh Geryon, 

Stowt Hafdruball Sicilian Lord of yore, 

Thou that deftroyd'ft the Calidonian Bore 

Couragious Conqueror of Creetes Minotaure, 



The third weeke. 

Thou pride ofMermeros cloudy Semitaure y 

PerfeuSy whofe mar bl - ftone - transforming ftiield 

Enforc'd the whale Andromeda vp yeeld, 

You Argonautes that fcowr'd Syndromades, 

And pafs'd the quicke-fands of Sympkgades. 

Help Demogorgon king of heau'n and earth, 

Chaos Lucina at Litigiums birth : 

The world with child lookes for deliuerie, 

Of Canniballs or Poetophagie, 

A diuelifh broode from Erifthonius y 

From Iphidemia, Nox, and Erebus^ 

Chide Pegafus for op'ning Helicon, 

And Poets damne to Pyriphkgeton, 

Or make this monftrous birth abortiue be, 

Or elfe I will {hake hands with Poetrie. 

D 3 Say 


The third weeke. 

Epig. 8 Ad Lettorem. 

Say you that I am obfcure ? 
Why this is yong mens Rhetoricke, 
Owles muft not iudge of Coruus fure, 
For he fpeakes nought but Rhetoricke 
Either too high, or els too plaine, 
And this is now a fchollers vaine. 

Epig. 9 In Battum. 

Battus affirm'd no Poet euer writte, 
Before that Loue infpir'd his dull head witte, 
And yet himfelfe in Loue had witte no more. 
Than one ftark mad, thogh fomwhat wife before. 



The third weeke. 

Epig. 10. De Ore. 

Os of O, a mouth Scalliger doth make. 

And from this letter, mouth his name doth take 

1 had beene in Scalligers beleefe, 

But that I lookt in O, and faw no teeth. 

Epig. n In Fufcam. 

Is Fufcaes fan gainft winter, wind, and funne ? 

She fcornes their force fo bright her face is done : 

Is Fufcaes fan to flap away the flies, 

Dare they come nere her eagle-fighted eies? 

Belike they thinke me is fome Butchers mop, 
Her face the flefh whereon they vfe to lop. 

D 4 Is 


The third weeke. 

Epig. 12 In Byrrham 

Is Byrrha browne? who doth the queftion aske? 
Her face is pure as Ebonie ieat blacke, 
It's hard to know her face from her faire maske, 
Beautie in her feemes beautie ftill to lacke. 
Nay, ftiee's fnow-white, but for that ruflet skin, 
Which like a vaile doth keep her whitenes in. 

Epig. 13 In Roderingonem 

If Beard can make a good Diuine, 

Then Rodering is one : 
But Beard can make no good Diuine, 

Then Rodering is none. 



The third weeke. 

Efig. 14 In eundem 

Where Ivie-bum hangs out fay I, 
There you may wine for money buy : 
Yet he for all his bumie figne, 
Is but a grapelefle dead drie vine: 
For take his beard from off his chin, 
Both bare without, and bare within. 

1 S I n Fucam 

In Fucaes face the Graces feeme to mart, 
So like me is the bluming rofe-red morne, 
Sure in her fhape the Gods all bore a part, 
A withered Hermite fiue-fcore winters worne 
Might {hake off fiftie, feeing her beforne : 
Yet Fuca dare not venture in the ayre, 
For feare the water warn away her fay re. 


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The third weeke. 

Epig. 1 6 In obitum Gloriani. 

Firft life, then death, next death was life before, 
And death gaue life, a life for euermore : 
Life was not life, til death gaue life, life better, 
To death for life then Glorian is a debter. 

Epig. 17 In Lycum ptedagogum 

Many are beholding Lycus for thy paine, 

Which with their fons and daughters thou haft 

Beleeue me Lycus, I did often wonder (taine: 

To fee the wenches proue fo well you vnder : 

If that but once to Learnings lore you win them 

This I dare fweare, you can put learning in them. 



The third weeke. 

Epig. 1 8 De Daphnide Apollinem fugiente. 

Daphne of Apollo neuer was afraid, 
But of the weapons which Apollo had ; 
So modeft maides of men ftand not in feare, 
But of the weapons which we men do beare. 

Epig. 19 In Brutum 

The gallant Brutus iettes it in the ftreets, 
Faine would haue all looke at his face he meetes. 
And left he pafle vnfeene this way doth find, 
To cut his fnooes before broad, and behind 
He puts in quills, as if his mooes would fay, 
(Stand paflengers and view me in your way) 
And yet the foole what he wold haue doth loofe 
For none looke at his face, all at his mooes. 



The third weeke. 

Epig. 20 Tranflat. ex Martial. 

Sabidi I loue thee not, nor why I wot, 
But this I wot, Sabidi I loue thee not. 

Epig. 21 De Georgio Graue nonfepulto. 

Graue was George Graue, his grauenes caufd him 

Graue fhuld to graue, yet Graue doth graueles lie. 

Epig. 22 In Gulielmum Cove!. 

Cove/, thy mind thou haft already feafon'd, 
With fait of wit, and relifh of all Artes, 
With Plato oft, and Ariftotle reafon'd, 
Seeking all meanes to beautifie all partes, 
That twixt thy lips diuinitie doth fall, 
Like Berill drops from fome faire criftall wall. 



The third weeke. 

Epig. 23 In D. D. Ouerall Reg. profe/. 

Sad Sifters futed in defpairing blacke, 

Curbe Cares vnreft, fing Carolles now againe, 

Leane rake-tooth'd Death is like to go to wrack ; 

Of Whitaker a Phanix breedes againe : 

One ouer Death, moreouer, ouer More, 

One ouer you, nay yet one ouer all. 

Deaths ouerthrow let Ouerall be therefore, 

A Victors praife of you deferue he fhall. 

And if my pen could Ouerall giue breath, 

Then Ouerall fhould ftill be ouer death. 




To the right ^worjhipfull^jir Ed- 

ward Warren knight, graced with al 

giftes both of the minde 

and bodie. 

Doe prefume (right Wor\) to offer vp to 
your good liking the fe f mall indeuours far 
vnworthy the looking oner of your Jo wor 
thy Jelfe, yet becauje I am altogether de- 
Jlitute of a better prejent, I hope this Jmall perfor 
mance will be as willingly accepted, as zealoufly offe 
red, and (hereafter) I vow thus to deuide my chiefefl 
ftudies, one part of the day flialbe denoted to your Wor- 
fliips remembrance, and another of the night, in wifli- 
ing you all health and happinejfe. 

loh: Weeuer. 


The fourth weeke 

Epig. i Ad auunculum fuum Henricum 
Butler Armig. 

IF From the conqueft thy antiquitie 
I would deriue, when William gaue thy mot, 
Or boaft the Butlers true gentilitie, 
My praifes yet augment thy praife would not. 
Nay praife would be difpraife thy name to blot, 
Ne will I praife ; or praife thy felfe alone, 
Or good deedes praife, or praifes looke for none. 

Epig. 2 In Daconem 

The Diuel and Dacon both by chance did meete, 

With congies faire either did other greete, 

The Diuel would dice, but Dacon had no crowns 

Dacon his foule pledg'd for a thoufand pounds ; 

Dacon could cogge, and fo the Diuell paid 

His thoufand pounds, a thoufand more yet had : 

Is cogging then I pray you fuch an euil ? 

Nay, ti's a quiddit how to cheate the Deuill. 



The fourth weeke. 

3 I n obitum fortijfimi duds lo: Vpcheri. 
Sound a retrait, ye common fouldiers found, 
When captains thus imperious death dare woud, 
And fteale to fteele in powders fmoakie maske, 
Where Valour lockt was in his plumed caske : 
Nay, fpite of Death (like him) yet weeping come, 
And fet this Verfe on his heroicke Tombe : 
Here Fpcher lies, who firming Death re/iff, 
Dtde with the fawchon in his manly fi&. 


The wife Gramarian reprehends my Mufe, 
Which In for praifefull Epigrams doth vfe 
This Rule ; In pro erga, contra & ad y 
Will proue your good wife gramarifme bad. 

Epi. 4 Ad Ro: Allot, 6? Chr. Middleton. 

Quicke are your wits, fharp your conceits, 

Short, and more fweete your layes : 
Quicke, but no wit, fharpe, no conceit, 

Short, and lefle fweete, my praife. 



The fourth weeke. 

5 I* Thomam Oxburghe 

Fame loft fome feathers, yet I imp't hir plumes, 
My needle naught, Fame flies, but yet me fumes, 
Becaufe me can thy praifes not vpreare, 
Nor with the Falcon fetch a cancelleere. 

Why thus it is when Falc'ners haue no skill, 
And yet will mew a Falconers good wil. 

Epig. 6 In Hypocritam fabrum. 

I told thee Sutor Faber was a ftarre, 
And that he mined bright aboue compare : 
But fince he went into the Spanim warre, 
A rapier for a Bible he doth weare : 
The Spanim Cut graceth his holy face, 
His friend he crofTes with a conge or cringe, 
His wifes gowne's laid thicke with veluet lace, 
Her petticorte is furr'd with coftly fringe : 
So falne he is, but Stars vfe not to fall, 
He was a Comet, and deceiu'd vs all. 

E A 

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The fourth weeke. 

7- I H Bunnam. 

A fhaue-beard Barber Eunna chanc'd to meete, 
As me was going all along the ftreete ; 
The Barber fweares hee's glad they met fo right, 
She fhould barb him, or he barb her that night : 
What was the reafon of this their debate ? 
Or what's the caufe why Barbers Bunna hate? 
Bunna, fhe barbs too cheap, and barbs by'th fcore 
And whom fhe barbes they ne're neede barbing 


Epig. 8. De Palmone. 

Pa/mo, a Poet, Goldfmith, or a Glouer, 

That fo with gloues Nans loue thou doft retaine ; 

A thoufand verfes of a faithfull louer 

Could not fuffice, but thou muft fend a chaine: 

Nan laugh's at thee, and wifheth in her heart, 

The chaine were longer, and the letter fhort. 



The fourth weeke. 

Epig. 9 In ILripham vetulam. 

ULripha that old trot euery day- 
Wafts oVe the water for to fee a play, 
And there a withered ore-worne face (he (hows 
Befet with Rubies, and ftopt full of Oos. 
This water-witch a patch hath for th'rheume, 
Her carkas me with Aloes doth perfume ; 
With muske, ciuit, olibane, myrrh, incenfe, 
Breathing out an aromaticke redolence : 
Her foulenefle makes me oft mine eies vp clofe, 
Her fweetnes makes me wifh I were all Nofe. 

Epig. 10 In Steronem Legiflatorem. 

Nor do I praife thy heart thats ill intending, 
Nor yet thy mouth thats foolifh and a Her, 
Nor yet thine eies, thei're purblind ftil offending, 
Nor thy falfe tong, that is a burning fier, 
Nor hands, for hands take oft more than their fees 
Nor arms, nor legs, nor breft, nor back, nor knees 

2 Yet 


The fourth weeke. 

Yet Steron giue me but one weeke thy vailes, 
And I will praife, thy haire, thy beard, thy nailes. 

Epig. 1 1 In Spurium quendam fcriptorem. 

Apelles did fo paint faire Venus Queene, 
That moft fuppofde he had faire Venus feene, 
But thy bald rimes of Venus fauour fo, 
That I dare fweare thou doft all Venus know. 

Epig. 12 In Hugonem. 

Though praife and pleafe doth Hugo neuer none 
Yet praife and pleafe doth Hugo euer one, 
For praife and pleafe doth Hugo himfelfe alone. 



The fourth weeke. 

Epig. 13 In D. D. Plaifer. 

Was't heauenly Plato in whofe mouth they fay 
The Bees were wont their honie combs to lay ; 
From whofe fweet lips fo fweet a found did flow, 
As neuer Orpheus made in hell below? 
Mellifluous Plaifer, fo men call thy name, 
And why Mellifluous but for Platoes fame ? 
Thy heauenly Mufickes notes charming fo well, 
Can fetch mans foule faire Euridice from hell. 
Since Orpheus Harp thou haft, & Platoes Bee, 
Mellifluous Plaifer, fitteft name for thee. 

E 3 Matho 


The fourth weeke. 

Epig. 14. Ad Mathonem. 

Matho I'm told that many do thinke much, 
Becaufe I call you Filler of the Church : 
Matho, you bought a Deanry at beft rate, 
And two church-liuings now impropriate, 
And fold to Gnidus a rich Parfonage; 
(For diuers caufes) gaue a Vicarage: 
And now hath got three liuings at one lurch 
Art thou not then a pillar of the Church ? 

Epig. 15 In obitum Roberti Shute Iuft. de 
Reg. Banco. 

Shute did ere-while the Country fofter, 
No peny now, no pater noffer, 
O defperate Death, how could'ft thou dare, 
To put our Country thus to care? 


The fourth weeke. 

Could not his luftice fet him free? 
Nor yet his Law perfwade with thee? 
Could not his honour ftay the fire, 
Which was the credite of the (hire ? 
When Death fuch Lawyers doth out-face, 
Then punies may not pleade the cafe. 
When Captaine once doth fall on ground, 
Then Souldiers the retaite may found : 
If Peeres to ground do goe fo faft, 
Let pefants know they muft at laft. 
A fhoote was (hot which loft the game, 
And yet the Shute hath wonne the fame. 
The fhoote was mot vp very high, 
Which from the earth to heau'n did flie : 
Then praife the Shooter and the Shoote, 
Which chang'd the world for better boote. 


The fourth weeke. 

Epig. 1 6 In Robertum Shute fil: Rob: Pre. 

How faire yong Shute fhootes at his fathers aime 
A few fuch fhootes, and Shute will win the game : 
If Shute fhoote on as now he doth begin, 
With learnings arrow hee'le cliue honours pin : 
He le hit the whitewhich Shute (hot at (his father) 
He {hootes beyond his vertues I thinke rather : 
Thus {hootes yong Shute, if then his father Shute 
For him we chang'd, we need not ask much boot. 

Epig. 17 In Rubrionem &? Rullum. 

Rubrio, Rullus fnout-faire Septimel y 
Both lou'd alike, yet could not bring about, (rell 
Their chiefe pretence, but needs they muft appa- 
Hir breech-torn husband. Now he walks throw- 
The ftreetes, to tauernes goes, vnto a play, (out 
Neuer at home faue on fome feafting day : 

At noone, at night, by turnes enioy you ftill, 

Rubrio Rullus fnout-faire SeptimelL 



The fourth weeke, 

Epig. 1 8 In Luciam. 

If any maruaile why, 
Luce felles her loue for gold : 
Tis {he may haue to buy 
Her loue when (he is old. 

Epig. 19. In Georgium Meriton, 5? Georgium 

Your entertaine (nor can I pafle away) 

Of EJJex with farre-famed Ltelia ; 

Nor fore the Queen your feruice on Queens day 

When fuch a Maifter with you beareth fway, 

How can Queenes College euer then decay? 

No. Yet Queenes College euermore hath beene 

Is, and will be, of Colleges the Queene. 


W [ 73 ] 

The fourth weeke. 

Epig. 20. Ad Dudlteum North. 
The fparkling luft of a pretious ftone, 
Breedes often wonder to the looker on : 
But the j-efplendance of this pearle is more, 
If laid in gold enameld with ore : 
Thy noble birth (yog North) doth ftiine as bright, 
As doth a Chriftall in the darkfome night: 
But learning in fo faire and yong a molde, 
Is like a Chriftall ftone in burnimt golde. 

Epig. 21 In Rudionem. 
Yon goes a gallan/ which will get repute, 
From head to heele in his Carnation fute, 
Slops, dublet, ftockings, mooes, hat, bad, & fether, 
Red yard-long ribbin, fee the youth corns hither, 
Who left his Dutchman hofe ihould be vnfeene 
Aboue his mid-thigh he his cloake doth pin : 
O that he had to his Carnation hofe, 
(I wifh him well) a faire rich crimfon nofe. 



The fourth weeke. 

Epig. 22. Ad Gulielmum Shakefpeare. 

Honie-tong'd Shakefpeare when I faw thine iflue 
I fwore Apollo got them and none other, 
Their rofie-tainted features cloth'd in tiflue, 
Some heauen born goddefTe faid to be their mo- 
Rofe-checkt Adonis with his amber trefles, (ther : 
Faire fire-hot Venus charming him to loue her, 
Chafte Lucretia virgine-like her drefles, (her: 

Prowd luft-ftung Tarquine feeking ftill to proue 
Romea Richard r ; more whofe names I know not, 
Their fugred tongues, and power attractiue beuty 
Say they are Saints althogh that Sts they mew not 
For thoufands vowes to them fubie&iue dutie: 
They burn in loue thy childre Shakefpear het the, 
Go, wo thy Mufe more Nymphifh brood beget 





The fourth weeke. 

Epig. 23 In Ed: Allen. 

Rome had her Rofcius and her Theater, 

Her Terence, Plautus y Ennius and Meander , 

The firft to Allen, Phoebus did transfer (land her, 

The next, Thames Swans receiu'd fore he coulde 

Of both more worthy we by Phoebus doome, 

Then t 1 'Allen Rofcius yeeld, to London Rome. 



Totheright^orfhipful^Jir Tho 
mas Gerrard knight, Marfliall &c. en 
nobled with Learnings renowne, and 
Warres dignitie. 


Any meane Poets (Schollers chiefe pa 
tron) offered their wel-meaning Poems 
to Alexander, whofe rudenejje hee 
pardoned. Some to Auguftus, which 
he highly rewarded. Others to Caefar 
which he kindly accepted: euen Jo (right Worjhipful) 
as you flriue to JurpaJJe theje in Chiualrie, I doe not 
doubt, but you will equall them in curtejie : and thus 
(boldly) I referre all to your Worfhips clemencie. 

I oh: Weeuer. 


The fifth weeke. 

Epig. i Ad Petrum Leigh de Fnderline 

THe ancient acts lou'd Leigh, yet vndergoes 
Of his forefathers, Vnder whofe old Line 
Haue beene kept vnder England* chiefeft foes : 
But if Death do not Vndergo the Line 
Of life ; which now fo long and true fpun, {hows 
Hee'le ouergo the Knights of Vnder-line : 
And vnder few thus much I doe diuine, 
His name will be call'd Leigh of Ouer-line. 

Epig. 2 In Rufum 

Some fay the foule within the braine clofe lies, 
Some in the head, in th'hart fome, fom in the eies, 
Others affirme it harbours in the breaft, 
Others wil haue it in the blood to reft : 
Gainft all Philofophers I do fuppofe, 
Rufus red foule lies hid in his red nofe. 



The fifth weeke. 


Virginitie doth Stella ftill commend, 
That for a virgine fo ihe may be counted ; 
Virginitie me might though reprehend, 
Since (he with Rufus in the coach was mounted 
For tell me Stella virgine as thou art, 
To beare a virgin, is't a virgins part? 

Epig. 4 In Ifcum. 

Ifcus y invite your friends vnto good cheare, 
When they before invited are you heare : 
But elfe invite them not in one whole yeare. 



The fifth weeke. 

Epig. 5 In Charin veffium qftentatorem. 

Charts doth change his raiment thrice a day, 
Belike becaufe the weather is fo hot, 
Nay tis to fhew his needle wrought array, 
His golden breeches, and his cordwaine coate : 
I haue beene with him, neuer faw him fweate, 
But once at table when he was at meate. 

Epig. 6 Ad Quintum. 

Thou askt one thing of me which I denied, 
That one thing nothing was, then thou replied, 
If it was nothing which thou askt of me, 
Then nothing Quintus I denied to thee: 

Now yet for nothing, one thing Quintus know, 
For nothing fomething Quintus thou doft ow. 



The fifth weeke. 

Epig. 7 In Braggadochionem. 

Did Braggadochio meete a man in field ? 
Tis true, he did, the way he could not fhun : 
And did he force great Brundon weapons yeeld; 
Nay there he lies. To vntrufle when he begun, 
He ftole his weapons and away did run : 
Vaine is thy vaunt, and victorie vniuft, 
Thou durft not ftay till he his points vntruft, 

Epig. 8 In Rubrionem. 

Rubrio followes learning, followes mony ; 

He followes pleafure, and doth folow glorie, 

He followes goods, would follow God alfo, 

He followes Thetis, Gaktea too ; 

So let him follow follies iourney make, 
He may long follow e're he ouertake. 


W [ 8. J 

The fifth weeke. 

Efig. 9 In Cumberland^ Comitem. 

Is't true which faith the Pythagorean, 

One foule doth animate another man ? 

Then doth Couragious Cumberland enioy 

Vlyffes foule th'eternall fcourge of Troy : 

For at his becke the windes commander bendeth 

And on his full faile fortune ftill attendeth. 

Wherfore his name & his al-conquering hand, 
A fatall CVMBER to our enemies LAND. 

Epig. 10 Ad Nathanielem Fletcher. 

If Judgement, Wit, and Learning I would call, 

My fimple worke of Epigrams to view, 

For Judgement, Wit, and Learning, Fletcher mal 

Be caTd to reade my Epigrams anew : 

But Judgement, wit, & learning mal not fee them, 

Left Judgement, wit, nor learning he find in them. 



The fifth weeke. 

Epig. 1 1 In Lippum. 

You fay he fpendes all, nothing meanes to purfe, 
Yet for this fault moft men excufde wil hold him 
You fpend iuft nought ; he ill doth, you do wurfe ; 
And as your neighbours (Lippus) of late told him, 
You fpend your felfe vpon an errand whore, 
He doth fpend much, but Lippus, you fpend more. 

Epig. 12 In Othonem. 

I pray you (maifters) do but Otho note, 
How for his lies he doth an Author quote, 
Thus he begins ; Tis true^ yea in good faith. 
For as They fay ', and as the Fellow Jaith : 

But who e're heard of any that could tell, 
Where Qthoes (they) or (fellow) yet did dwell. 

F 2 Who 


The fifth weeke. 

Epig. 13 In Galbum. 

Who fees not Galbus both to bow and crouch 
Vnto my Lo. ( ) horfes and his coach : (forth, 
And faies (God blefle them) when they do come 
And thou (fair coach) proud of my L. great worth, 
He giues him noght : here Galbus heare we fhal 
Curfe his great horfes, coach, my Lo. and all. 

Epig. 14 In Pontum. 

This golden Foole, and filken Afle you fee, 

In euery point a woman faine would be : 

He weares a fanne, and fhewes his naked breft, 

And with a partlet his Cranes necke is dreft : 

Giue him a maske, for certes hee's afeard, 

Left fun, or wind, fhould weather-beat his beard: 

Thus when he weares a partlet, maske, and fan, 

Is Ponfus then a woman, or a man? 



The fifth weeke. 

Epig. 15 In Nteuium 

Great Nxuius ftill bids many vnto meate, 
His meate is raw that no man can it eate : 
All in a chafe, findes fault and ftrikes the Cooke, 
That to his meate he did no better looke. 
Yet this poore Cooke is in no fault I know, 
For certes Neuius bade him roft it raw. 

Epig. 1 6 Ad Thomam Hokcroft De Vaile 
RoialL Armig. 

Doth Valorous Hokcroft royalize Vaile Roiall^ 
Or doth Vaile Royal! royalize his name ? 
His deedes too great vnuail'd to mew his triall, 
Then through a Vaile He royalize his fame : 
Thus from Vaile Royal borrow I the vaile, 
To hide his vertues when my wit doth faile. 

F 3 Thou 


The fifth weeke. 

Epig. 1 7 In lellam 

Thou haft a vice if I may call it one, 
Nor good, nor honeft, yet a vice alone, 
To come from London thou wilt neuer mifle, 
Only thy friends to fauour with a kifle : 

But lella thou doft only that man fauor, (uor. 

Thou doft not kifle nor trouble with thy fla- 

Epig. 1 8 De Rollo. 

Perforce (Roll faid) from Suit a kifle he tooke, 
And twixt her lips his foul (not knowing) left him 
But then he fent his heart his foule to looke, 
And her bright ey-beams of his heart bereft him : 
If with that kifle he had not drawn a breath, 
Whereby fuftaind his foulelefle body is, 
That day had beene his difmall day of death, 
Wherein he fnatcht from chafed Suit a kifle : 
Tis ftrange her kifle was then fo pleafing cold, 
When with the beft me burnt the boy of old. 



The fifth weeke. 

Epig. 19 In Fulpem puritanum. 

Whofe lauifh-tongu'd precifme will not ipare, 
The chiefeft pillars of our cleargie men, 
But to a caft of counters them compare, 
Giuing no count with Counters nor with pen : 
Nor can I count the waies he doth abufe them, 
Though late he had beene in the Counter caft, 
If that his cheefe caft had not bin to vfe them, 
And craue their frendfhip, for his words or'epaft 
And if caft counters yet he be not giuing, 
His caft of counters cafts away his liuing. 

20 De Mella. 

From one eie alwaies Mellaes teares do fall, 
And what's the caufe ? She hath but one in all. 

F A. Thou 


The fifth weeke. 

Epig. 21 In Sippum. 

Thou cal'ft thy felfe Knight, Sippus of the Pofte, 
But on the pillor- I fay knighthoods loft, 
Yet as thou doft for fix pence cut a throate, 
At Weftminfter be periur'd for a groate : 
Cheate and Cros-bite, to all men do but euill, 
Thou maift be knight, and ride pofte to the deuil. 

Epig. 22 Ad Gulielmum Grantam. 

Suffize it Grantam that I Grantam name 
And fay yong Grantam wil keep Grantams fame : 
Thy very name Antiquitie fets forth, 
And Grantam proues a man of noble worth : 
Thus do I glaunce at Grantam ; Grantam then 
Doth grant too great a fubiecl for my pen. 



The fifth weeke. 

Epig. 23 Ad lohannem Egerfon. 

He that would garnim with a feuerall light 
Thy feuerall vertues, and in praife them dight : 
He fhould not want that wittie treafures ftore, 
Which Mufes gaue to Homer once of yore : 
But wit I want, therefore He fpare my fong, 
Left poore in praife, thou count me rich in wrong 

Epig. 24 Ad Henrkum Porter. 

Porter^ I durft not mell with facred Writ, 
Nor woe the Miftris fore I win the maide, 
For my yong yeeres are taskt, its yet vnfitte 
For youth, as eld is neuer halfe fo ftaid, 
Thy felfe which hath the fumme of Art and Wit 
Thus much I know vnto me would haue faid : 
Thy filuer bell could not fo fweetly fing, 
If that too foone thou hadft begun her ring. 



To the right ^worfhtpful.Jir Cut- 

bert Halfey knight, perfected with 

the ornament of Honor, and 

titles of Nobilitie. 


Good wit (right Worfliipful) wil fhew 
his vigour in any Jubiett, and trauell 
as eafily oner a mountaine as a mole 
hill. But mine (vnworthy the title of 
wit) tyred within three Jleppes of the 
mountaines foote, lay plodding there this long, and now 
at the Iaft y hath brought forth a moufe: if you chance 
to ride this way, you cannot chufe but laugh y and the 
pleafant remembrance of this ftrange fight wil beguile 
the times hafte, and fhorten the wayes length: and (per 
haps) when you come home> ferue for a boorde-ieaft : 
which if it do y I /halbe fatisfied. 

loh: Weeuer. 

The fixt weeke. 

i Ad Richardum Houghton 

IF that my pen were of the wing of Fame, 
And Gods immortall Nectar for my inke ; 
Then could I canonize great Houghtons name: 
Til the my Mufe fpeaks not what me doth think 
Long fhuld'ft thou liue in thy gold-gilded tower 
If that my Mufe could keep thee ftil from death : 
Long bathe thy felfe in that thy bliflefull bower, 
If my wafte paper could but lend thee breath : 
Yet this my duty doe not hold in fcorne ; 
My Mufe hereafter may thy praife adorne. 

Ad Leftorem. 

Reader, this fift laft weeke in dead mens praife 
I would not fpend one line, becaufe I fpied, 
That more then halfe the week were fafting dais, 
And that thou wert already mortified : 
Remember yet (kind Reader) if thou can, 
Thou art no more than any mortall man. 


The iixt weeke. 

I* tumulum Thorn* Houghton 

Sicke fad-fac'd Sorrow mixt with maladie, 
Vpon this tombe now pitch thy cole-black tent, 
Heart-breaking groanes and howling miferie, 
Be as Cares canons from Griefes caftle fent, 
Gainft Deaths pauilion all make batterie. 
In Houghtons death, Death log before death went 
Vnreft, pain, anguim, fighs, fobs, tears be couting 
Vntill fome write Dianaes three dayes hunting 

Epig. 4 In Gulielmum Houghton. 

Faine would faire Venus fport her in thy face, 
But Mars forbids her his fterne marching place : 
Then comes that heau'nly harbinger of loue, 
And ioyns with Mars & with the queen of Loue 
And thus three gods thefe gifts haue given thee, 
Valour, wit, fauour, and ciuilitie. 



The fifth weeke. 

5 I H Gallam. 

Galla with mutton and pottage vfde to pray, 
A month together faue one Venus day: 
But now her purenes Lenton meate doth faft, 
Three Venus dales in one weeke found at laft : 
And yet (he faith there are too few by three, 
Galla would haue all Venus daies to be. 

Epig 6 In Sullum. 

Thou haft defir'd me Sullus oft indeede, 
To thy friend Mat to do thy commendations, 
I would do more if that thou ftoode in neede, 
Amongft acquaintance thefe are only fafhions : 
Yet wifh me not commend thee to thy friend, 
For I know nought in thee I can commend. 



The lixt weeke. 

Efig. 7 


My Cofens life (I heare) is new out dated, 
And all his pounds could not pay for two yeares, 
And two rich Plutoes^ for his goods which waited 
Snatcht them from me (a croffe that all men bears) 
But ti's no matter, for goods gotten euil, 
Pluto wil hane, or elfe fome other deuill. 

8 In tumulum luelli. 

Here lyeth luett, who knoweth not the reft, 
Is worthie to be ignorant at leaft. 



The lixt weeke. 

9 In tumulum Ferdinand. Darbie. 

Be not fo bould to ope this dead mans dore, 
Vnlefle thou come from th'aerie houfe of woes, 
Ne dare thou once vpon this Marble pore, 
Vnlefle thou poure thy fight out on thefe roes, 
If to faire knighthood thou bearft any zeale, 
Vnreft, care, griefe, fad difcontent, and woe, 
On thefe fiue bells ring thou a dolefull peale, 
Volies of fighes faft after them let goe : 
Reft, in vnreft, tear es-fpitt ing forge be burning, 
Vntil fome write The Mufes nine dayes mourning. 

i o Ad Samuelem Daniel. 
Daniel, thou in tragicke note excells, 
As Rofamond and Cleopatra tells : 
Why doft thou not in a drawne bloudy line, 
Offer vp teares at Ferdinandoes fhrine? 

But thofe that e're he di'de bewitcht him then, 
Belike bewitcheth now each Poets pen. 



The lixt weeke. 

Epig. 1 1 Ad Io: Mar/Ion, s? Ben: lohnfon. 

Mar&on, thy Mufe enharbours Horace vaine, 
Then fome Augustus giue thee Horace merit, 
And thine embuskin'd lohnfon doth retaine 
So rich a ftile, and wondrous gallant fpirit ; 
That if to praife your Mufes I defired, (mired 
My Mufe would mufe. Such wittes muft be ad- 

Efig. 12 In tumulum Auari. 

Here lieth he who neuer aught 

To man or woman gaue : 
And now it grieues him that thou read'ft 

For nought this on his graue. 



The lixt weeke, 

Epig. 13 Ad Gulielmum Warner. 

Line prince of Poets, thy affe6Hons guide, 
Where Witte attires her felfe in Vertues fute, 
Whilft Englads fame thy flowing verfe doth pride 
This be thy praife : Thy Albion's abfolute. 

Epig. 14 In tumulum Abrahami Simple. 

Within this place lies Abraham the dull, 
Who neuer did good, who neuer did euill : 
Too ill then for God, too good for the deuill. 

Epig. 15 in Afinum quendam. 

You know (fir Afle) how you did me annoy, 

To fteale away my little tale of Troy : 

And asking for it, you all in a fume, 

Twixt two bigge jawes did wholy it confume : 
To be deftroy'd Troyes fortune fure it was, 
Once with an Horfe, againe now with an Afle. 

G Foule 

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The fixt weeke. 

Epig. 1 6 In Rufum 

Foule red nofde Rufus, fauour thou maift gaine, 
If with his children thou would take fome paine 
But vntill Rufus fauour fairer be, 
He fhould not giue his fauour vnto me. 

Epig. 17 In Zoilum. 

Zoilus, thou laugh 'ft but onely when I weepe, 
And when I laugh that's weeping cheer for thee, 
Then weeping Zoilus I will thee keepe, 
My booke and me ftill laughing thou {halt fee : 
Now quickly Zoilus take vp thy four quarters, 
And like a knaue goe hang thee in thy garters. 



The fixt weeke. 

Epig. 1 8 In obitum Thorn* Fifher a lo: 
Fi/h: occif. 

The Fifher did the fifh fo dearely loue, 
That ftil he gaue the fifh frefh wormes to eate, 
O then what fhould the fifh fo nearely moue, 
To giue the fifher to the wormes for meate ? 

Epig. 19 In Scyllam 

By Lord nor Ladie Scylla will not fweare, 
By God nor goddefTe, nor fo great a thing, 
Yet fhe commits a greater fault I feare, 
In fwearing alwaies by her faire gold ring. 



The lixt weeke. 

Efig. 20 In Cynam. 

Nor you did fweare not once fince. you were born 
Yet at each word you fay you will be fworne : 
A fault you get whilft you a fault would flie, 
For when you fweare not, Cyna then you lie. 

Epig. 2 1 Liber ad Authorem. 

I'm likt of many, many me approue, 

Some like me not, for thy fake ne me loue : 

I do not care : who makes a banquet lookes 

To pleafe his guefts, & not to pleafe the Cookes. 



The fixt weeke. 

Epig. 22. In Gulielmum Rich: Cantabr: procu. 

But that I am too poore to pen thy praife, 
I would prefume thy glorious name to raife : 
Beyond the riches of the Indian land, 
Worth more then worthlefTe Tagus golden fand: 
But O thy vertues pafTe my praifes pitch, 
Thy learnings fame aboue thy name is rich : 
How wel then Vertue forts her with thy fame 
That art both rich in Art, and Rich in Name. 

Epig. 23 In obitum Ed. Spencer Poet<e preftantiff. 

Colin J gone home, the glorie of his clime, 
The Mufes Mirrour, and the Shepheards Saint ; 
Spencer is ruin'd, of our latter time 
The fair eft ruine, Faeries fouleft want: 
Then his Time-ruines did our ruine mow, 
Which by his ruine we vntimely know : 
Spencer therfore thy Ruines were cal'd in, 
Too foone to forrow leaft we mould begin. 

G 3 Thornton 


The lixt weeke. 

Epig. 24 Ad lacobum Thornton. 

Thornton well read, fay not I do thee wrong, 
In that I haue defer'd thy praife fo long, 
Thy gentleman-like parts whenas I find, 
With thy graue ftudies, all in one combinde : 
Faine would I praife thee, but I fee my skill, 
Is now defediue to my great good will. 

Epig. 25 In Ed: Wrightington. 

If ventrous youth now in his chiefeft prime, 
To vertues loue be wholy thus addicted, 
What doth graue eld, with milke-white haires in 
Aflure vs of one vice to be affli&ed? time? 

For by and by the plant doth ftraight appeare, 
Which afterward great ftore of fruit will beare. 



To the right ^orjhipfull^jir Pe- 

ter Leigh of Vnderline knight, hono 
red with all vertue coequall to his 
auncient worth 


Ames prodigall reporte (right Wor.) of 
your admired curtejie, and the no lejfe 
vertuous then valorous difpofition of 
Leighs antique family^ (in whoje praije a 
better Poet might Jp end whole quiers of paper) per- 
fwade me you will reade oner thefe few Epigrammes, 
though farre differing from other wittes^ presented to 
the view of your Worjhip. And weigh withal well 
affeRed good will: Jo {hall I attaine my long defer ed 
wi/hy and the end of this my worke. 

loh: Weeuer. 
G 4 Gerard 

The feuenth weeke. 

Epig. i Ad Thomam Gerard Militem 

r , among the labours of my quill, 
Which my glad Mufe prefumingly hath writ, 
As one right worthie thee commend I will, 
For valour, wifedome, bountihood and wit : 
But valiant Gerard, thee or thine to praife, 
Is for to praife the ftar-befpangled skie, 
Fame long agoe vnto the heau'ns did raife 
Thy rare exploits and Mars-like Chiualrie : 
Sith by thy deedes thy praife abroad doth flie, 
Thy felfe commends thy felfe, then need not I. 

Epig 2 In carum fiffum amicum. 

Doft thou thinke Chloes hee's a faithfull friend. 
For who this wondrous cheer thou doft prouide? 
No : he but loues fo long as thou wilt fpend 
Thy beefe and brawne, if that the truth were tride 
If euery day I mould fo coftly dine, 
Carus I know would be a friend of mine. 


The leuenth weeke. 

Epig. 3 In Sparfum. 

Sparfus thou'rt ficke ten times a yeere and more, 
Yet not thy felfe, but vs, thy ficknefle hurts, 
When thou recouers wee looke euermore, 
For thy releefe fome Pretour to disburfe : 
Fie, in one yeere be ficke but once vnneath, 
And -when thou'rt ficke Sparfus be ficke to death, 

Epig. 4 In Pontum 

This for a wonder many men haue made, 
That Pontus houfe fo many chimnies had: 
The workmans skil I for the wonder tooke, 
Which made the fo that few could fee the fmoak. 


[o] [105] 

The feuenth weeke, 

5 In Hugonem. 

Did not once thine old familiar friend 
Chypus, defire thee ten pounds to him lend ; 
Sir I haue none (faidft thou) fo God me faue, 
Yet for his horfe eu'n then ten pound thou gaue : 
Thus for ten pounds thou'lt fooner truft a horfe, 
Than thy dear frend ; & be forfworn, thats worfe. 

/. 6 In eundem 

And doft thou thinke thou offers Clams right, 
In caufing him ten pounds of debt to pay, 
Becaufe that Eofcus ran the other night 
With twenty hundred in thy debt away : 
If thou canft lofe by Eofcus twentie : then 
In faith by Claim thou may well lofe ten. 


The feuenth weeke. 

Epig. 7. In Lacum 

Lacus I faw a cruell Cappe ftill weare, 

(O cruell cap that pulles away his haire) 

1 wondred much what plague had fo him croft. 

That both on chin and head all was quite loft : 

A new difeafe (fome faid) a dry hot cold ; 

Yet this difeafe a thoufand yeere was old. 

Epig. 8. In Portianum 

Portian is taken for a traueller : 

Why? For he weares a gold ring in his eare, 

Certes and if a ring may be a figne, 

Who better traueller than his mothers fwine? 

They in their Nofe, he in his Eare ; 

Whether then is the better traueller? 

Grillus I wot hath deeper gone then he, 

If he hath further gone, they euen be. 



The feuenth weeke. 

Epig. 9 

But wodden chalices of yore, 

Yet golden priefts were then great ftore, 

Now golden chalices we make, 

For wodden priefts in hand to take : 

Lets caft our priefts in a new molde, 

Or elfe for wood lets change our golde. 

Epig. 10 In Cacum 

Cacus is angry he hath not a place 
Amongft the Worthies of our Faerie land, 
Nor doth the pefant thinke himfelfe too bafe, 
Among the braueft of the Lordes to ftand : 
Hee weares braue clothes ; but what weares hee 
An Afle an AfTe is in a Lions skin. (within ? 



The feuenth weeke. 

Epig. 1 1 Ad Mufamjuam y de obitu forttf- 
Jimi injigniffa iuuenis Thorn* Eger- 
ton militis. 

Defcend my Mufe into the bed of Death, 
(Embalming firft his body with thy teares) 
And chide the Fates vntill they lend him breath, 
Becaufe they rapt him in his youthfull yeares ; 
Yet ftay my Mufe, Fates offred him no wrong, 
In vertue old he was, in yeeres though yong. 

Epig. 12 In Quintum. 

To giue a booke thou faift I may do well, (fell. 
Yet thou n'ere readft a book, before a book thou 



The feuenth weeke. 

Epig. 13 In Tubrionem 

Extramnemers or Watermen giue roome, 
For by his feather Tubrioes fpied to come. 
A Sculler fir ; here is a paire of Oares : 
Ift pleafe your Wormip, I did fpeake before : 
I'm your fir ft man ; he lies, here is my boate : 
Your Wormip lands at Pauls wharfe, doth it not ? 
No, Weftminfter; O foole, doft thou not know, 
That gainft the wind thou cannot Tubrio row? 

Epig. 14 Ad Cordredum. 

impudent ! a liuing ! for whofe fake ? 

This meanes to my Lord ( ) doft thou make? 
Fie ; thus to beg thy felfe, One of rare pans 

1 am (my Lord) bejide Mai&er of Arts, 



The feuenth weeke. 

And: Go no further; thou art too fliort leg'd, 
And beg no more, left thou thy felfe be beg'd : 
Yet (Cordred) thou (halt haue (do not defpaire) 
The Vicarage of Saint Fooles at Steeple faire. 

Epig. 15 Satyricum in Audriam l<enam. 

Looke to your felfe, Fie whip you miftris Audrie^ 
For keeping fuch a brothel houfe of ( ) 
Is't true indeede? hath Sulla learn'd thy skill? 
Dri'de veines and arteries with pure blood to fil ; 
In drinking cordialls fearing to be too old, 
Of Amber-greece prepared pearle and gold : 
Mandrake, Eringe and Potatie rootes, 
Fiue pound a weeke in Poticaries bookes : 
Oh ftay, no more; for Audria I heare tell 
Is new become a bride, but in Bridewell. 

O chide 


The feuenth weeke 

Epig. 1 6 Ad Richardum Houghton 

O chide me not, for that I doe enroule 
Thy worthy name here (Houghton) in the end, 
For now I hope none will my booke controule, 
Left thine heroicke fpirit they offend, 
Clofe with thy Vertues then this feely fcroule, 
That praife on thee, and it, may euer tend : 
Which if it doe I will aduenture then, 
To take a taske fit for a golden pen. 

Epig. 1 7 Ad Leftorem. 

If in the firft thou count me worthy blame, 
Yet pardon me, thus Homer did offend, 
If in the midft, then Pedo I can name, 
Chterill in all, Getulicus in th'end. 

Thy fauour (Reader) then obtaine I (hall, 
I am but bad i'th firft, midft, end, and all. 



P. 3. 2-3. fir Richard Houghton\ High Sheriff of Lancashire 
in 1599 (Baines and Harland, Hist, of Lancaster, 1868, i. 59), 
but not otherwise a person of much note. 

1 1 -1 2. feated in a hart of curtefie] Mr. Crawford points 
out that ' high erected thoughts seated in a heart of curtesie ' 
occurs in the description of Musidorus near the beginning of 
Book I of the Arcadia (ed. 1621, p. 8), a description which 
was perhaps in Weever's mind when he wrote this dedication. 

6. 8. T. B. Gen.} A note of F. D[ouce ?] in Bodleian copy 
suggests that this is T. Bastard, which is by no means unlikely, as 
Weever's work seems to have been to some extent influenced by 
that writer's Chrestoleros, 1598. Others with these initials are 
Thomas Brightman, a member of Queens' College, who matri 
culated in 1577-8, was M.A. in 1591, and in 1592 became 
rector of Hawnes in Bedfordshire (Cooper, Ath. Cant. ii. 458), 
and the ' Thomas Brabine ' whose verses appear before Greene's 

7. 12. Tho: Kedgewin GentJ\ I can learn nothing of him. 

8. 10. Ed: Gurneyl\ Edmund Gurney, or Gurnay, matri 
culated at Queens' College, Cambridge, in 1594 ; B. A. in 1600. 
He afterwards became well-known as a divine and published several 
theological works. See D. N. B. 

12-17. It is, of course, impossible to emend these lines 
satisfactorily, as there is no means of knowing what standard of 
correctness we should expect from their author. I am indebted 

W C "3 ] 


to Professor Moore Smith and Mr. J. H. Sleeman for the 
following attempted restoration : 

opxn[ T P av ] Tf ^10? Traiyvifjiovds re 6fovs ', 
ov yap XcSoi/ oirbs e\Kvcre \ivcpybs *AftJi/i/, 
7J8iov ov)( 'Epp.rjs <f>ai8pbs f^v<r p.f\os. 
iroiKi\.ov ovv epyov, TroXvScu'SaXa ypa/n/xara ravra 

KV&OS fftft (fravfpbv K ainrfTOV &0\ov f^et. 

Professor Moore Smith notes that the use of 6pxn^^p^ v for 
* concert ' is not classical but is perhaps not impossible here : 
ircuyvt povas should be Traiywjf/uorar, but was per-haps altered 
metri gratia : lAjcvcre in the third line has to be read with a false 
quantity ; as an emendation [nor] e^euo-e might be suggested, but 
the original word seems better to suit with the name * Weever.' 
The first line defies satisfactory emendation. In the third line 
Mr. Sleeman suggests tiros eXxvo-f, referring to the * epos ducit ' 
of Horace, Sat. i. 10. 43-4, the final syllable of ITTOS being made 
long before a lost digamma, which might be possible in Homer. 

9. 9. M. Milward] Possibly Matthias Milward, a scholar of 
St. John's College, Cambridge. See D. N. B. 

10. 4. Only . . . time] Mr. Crawford notes the resemblance to 
the Arcadia, Book III, near beginning (ed. 1621, p. 235), 
1 And so as they sate deuising how to giue more feathers to the 
wings of Time . . .' 

11. 3. Delians] Perhaps intended to stand for 'Daniel's/ of which 
it is an anagram. 

13. caft in Enuies teeth defiance] Alluding to the epistle 
before Hall's Virgidemiae headed ' His defiance to Enuie '. 

14. dedicate my Poems to detraction} The epistle before 
Marston's Scourge of Villainy is headed ' To Detraction I present 
my Poesy'. 

1 5. Ca&iTiocs neere alliance] In Marston's Pygmalion's Image, 


Sat. i, and the Scourge of Villainy ' In Lectores prorsus indignos ' 
Castilio stands for a fantastic courtier. The name apparently is 
derived though very unjustly from that of B. Castiglione, cf. 
Guilpin's Skialetheia, D 7 (ed. Grosart, p. 59). 

13. 9. yeere of lubile] I cannot explain the allusion. The 
only year of especial rejoicing seems to have been I 596, when 
accession day (17 Nov.) was celebrated by a magnificent enter 
tainment given by the Earl of Essex. 

2O. 5. Sheeps greene] At Cambridge, on the south-west of the 
town, between Newnham Mill and the Granta. The name is 
still in use. 

23. 2. In Rogerum Manners] Fifth earl of Rutland, 1576- 
1612. Succeeded to the earldom in 1588. Educated for 
a time at Queens' College, Cambridge, but in 1 590 removed to 
Corpus Christi. See D. N. B. 

24. IO. Clari-cords] Usually equivalent to clavichord, a kind 
of musical instrument, but a corruption of it, 4 clarigol/ was used 
either for a whip, or, more probably, for a pair of stocks ; see 
Prof. Moore Smith's note in his edition of Club Law, 1. 795. 

29. 2-3. Robert Da/ton of Pilling] Sheriff of Lancashire in 
1577. See Baines and Harland, Hist, of Lancaster, 1868-70, 
i- 59; 537 to P> 583- Weever's Mirror of Martyrs, 1601, 
has verses by the author addressed to Richard Dalton of Pilling. 

31. II. crojfes] The usual joke on the coin so called ; see 
Nares, Glossary, s. v. 

33. 10. Marcus] I can only suggest that the allusion may be 
to Sir John Mason, d. 1566, whose tomb was in the North Wall 
of the Choir of St. Paul's, but I can learn nothing of its being in 
a damaged condition. 

34. 3. Ruffmus . . . flage] Cf. The Spanish Tragedy, iv. iv. 216 
(ed. Boas) ; but of course Hieronymo is not made to speak 



36. 3. Nihil hie . . . defunt] Vergil, Eel. viii. 67. 

37. 2. In D. D. Palmer] There were several Palmers and 
it seems doubtful which is meant. Both John Palmer, d. 1607, 
and William Palmer, d. 1605, had the degree of D.D. (see 
D. N. B.\ but neither seems to have had any special connexion 
with the queen. 

38. 2. In Caftilionem\ Not identified. As a mere guess one 
might suggest B. Griffin, whose dedication of Fides s a, 1596, to 
the Gentlemen of the Inns of Court contains the words ' If I 
presume I crave pardon '. 

40. 2-4. In obitum . . . Richardi Vpcheri\ Not traced. A 
' Henrie Vpchear ' prefixed verses to Greene's Menaphon, 1 589, 
but there is no reason for assuming any connexion. A daughter 
of Richard Upcher of Dedham, co. Essex, was married some 
time before 1634 (Harleian Soc. Publications, xiii. 486), but 
I can learn nothing about him. 

41. 6. Deuils ditch, Knaues acre, Cuckolds hauen] The first 
I cannot identify. Knave's Acre was in Soho, apparently part 
of Brewer Street. For Cuckold's Haven, on the Thames below 
Greenwich, cf. Nares, Glossary. 

43. 2. In obitum . . . Gullioms\ This epigram is alluded to by 
the character Gullio in the Return from Parnassus, Part I, in. i. 
(ed. Macray, pp. 55-6, 11. 7805) * I am verie latelie registered 
in the roules of fame in an Epigram made by a Cambridge man, 
one weaver fellow I warrant him, els coulde he never have had 
such a quick sight into my vertues ; however, I merit his praise : 
if I meet with him I will vouchsafe to give him condigne 
thankes '. 

44. 2. Ad Robertum Dalton] See note on p. 29. 

1 114. T ...... A] In certain methods of voting by 
ballot among the Greeks the letter T is said to have stood for 
acquittal, for condemnation, and A for deferring of judgement, 


the evidence being insufficient ; see Erasmus* Adagia, chil. I , 
cent. 5, no. 56 ' praefigere*. 

47. 1-2. fir Richard Mullineux] Of Sefton, Lancashire. 
Receiver-general of the duchy of Lancaster ; see D. N. B. under 
Sir Richard Molyneux (1593-1636). 

50. 2. Ad D. Mounteagle] i. e. William Parker, 1575-1622, 
known by courtesy as Lord Monteagle, being through his mother 
a grandson of William Stanley, third lord Monteagle. See 

51. 2. In Ramiftas\ I can find no authority for this non 
sensical statement about the Ramists. The subject of Ramus's 
Logic was especially to the fore during Weever's residence at 
the University; see Mullinger, Cambridge, ii. 413. 

54. lo-il. Battus . . . witte] I cannot identify Battus. For 
the idea cf. Loves Labour s Lost, iv. iii. 346. 

56. 9. In Roderingoneni] Probably a real person, but not 

59. 3-4.] Cf. Ausonius, Epig. 102, 4 Ad Apollinem, de 
Daphne puella fugiente/ 1. 2, ' Non te virgo fugit, sed tua tela 
timet* ; but others have jested on the same idea. 

60. 2. Tranflat. ex Martial} Epig. i. 33. 

5. De Georgia Graue] I can learn nothing of him. 

9. In Gulielmum Covel] A native of Chatterton, Lancashire, 
and fellow of Queens' College, Cambridge, in 1589. He was 
Weever's tutor. See D. N. B. Weever's Mirror of Martyrs, 
1 60 1, is dedicated to him. 

61.2. In D.D. Ouerall} John Overall, 1560-1619. He 
became regius professor of Divinity at Cambridge and D.D. in 
1596. From 1598 to 1607 master of St. Catherine's Hall. See 
Z). N. B. and Mullinger, Cambridge, ii. 500-2. 


62. 12. fir Edward Warren\ Of Poynton, Cheshire, 1563- 
1609. He served in Ireland, where he was knighted in 1599. 
Sheriff of Chester in 40 Eliz. (1597-8). See Ormerod, 
Cheshire, iii. 686. 

11-14.] Mr. Crawford points out that Weever had 
apparently been reading Kyd's Cornelia ; cf. the dedication to 
the Countess of Suffolk ' And [I will] euer spend one howre of 
the day in some kind seruice to your Honour, and another of the 
night in wishing you all happines '. Cf. also notes on p. 64. 6, 10. 

63. 2-3. Ad . . . Henricum Butler] There are two pedigrees 
of Lancashire families of the name Butler in Harl. MS. 6159, 
fo. 14, but neither contains a Henry. A Henry Butler of 
Sheffield, gent., d. 1611, married Isabel Spencer, d. 1571 
(J. Hunter, Fam. Min. Gent., 1197), but I cannot trace any 
connexion with Weever. 

64. 2. In obitum . . . lo: Vpchert\ Not traced. 

6. lockt . . . caske] Cf. Cornelia, v. 1034, 'Whose siluer 
hayres . . . Were (warlike) lockt within a plumed caske/ 

IO. faivchon in his manly Jiff] Cf. Cornelia, n. 172, 'If he 
had died, his fauchin in his fist,' and v. 307, 'Dye brauely, 
with their fauchins in their fists/ 

14. In pro erga, contra & ad] Cf. Lily's Brevissima 
Institutio, Syntaxis Praepositionum Constructio, ' In, pro erga, 
contra, & ad, accusatiuum habet : vt . . / (A Short Introduction 
of Grammar, 1577, K 4). 

1 6. Ro: Allot] Presumably the compiler of Wit's Theatre 
in 1599 and (?) England's Parnassus, 1600. See D.N.B. 

Chr. Middleton] The writer of The Historic of Heaven, 
1 596, and The Legend of Humphrey Duke of Glocester, 1600, and 
other works. The Legend has commendatory verses by Allot 
and Weever. See D. N. B. 

65. 2. In Thomam Oxburghe] Not identified. 

6. cancelleere] One or two turns upon the wing made by 


a hawk in order to recover herself before striking. This is the 
earliest example of the word in N. E. D. 

67. 12. Her pweetnes . . . Nofe] Cf. Catullus, xiii. 13-14, 
* quod tu cum olfacies, deos rogabis, totum ut te faciant, Fabulle, 
nasum,' but Weever may well have hit upon the phrase himself. 

69. 2. In D.D. Plaifer] Thomas Playfere, 1561 ?-l 609. 
Lady Margaret professor of Divinity at Cambridge in 1 596. See 
D. N. B. He had a great reputation as a preacher, but it is not 
clear whether he was commonly called * Mellifluous Plaifer ' or 
whether Weever is alluding to a passage in Nashe's Strange 
News, 1592, sig. I 3 V , where this name is given to him. 

70. 10. pillar\ Of course playing on 'piller', one who 'pills' 
or robs. 

ll. In obitum Robertt Shute~\ A lawyer of some note. He 
was constituted judge of the queen's bench in 1585/6. See 
D. N. B. 

72. 2. In Robertum Shute //: Rob: Pre.~] Fourth son of the 
preceding. Matriculated from Christ's College, Cambridge, in 
1 598. He was afterwards recorder of London. See D. N. B. 

73. 2. In Luciani] Perhaps from an epigram of J. Secundus 
in M. T. Marullus, &c., 1595, p. 364 (see note on 86. 9): 

1 Gellia, miraris, cur auro vendat amorem ? 
Scilicet, ut sit, quo callida rursus emat.' 

7. In Georgium Meriton\ Meriton (c. 1567-1624) was in 
1589 elected a fellow of Queens' College, Cambridge, where he 
was junior bursar in 1595-6 and senior bursar in 1596-7. He 
was later dean of Peterborough and of York. See D. N. B. 

7-8. In . . . Georgium Mountame\ Montaigne or Mountain 
(15691628) entered Queens' College in 1586, and was admitted 
fellow in 1592. He was chaplain to the Earl of Essex and 
attended him on the expedition to Cadiz in I 596. Afterwards 
bishop of Lincoln and of London, and archbishop of York. 



IO. Ldelia] As to the connexion of Meriton and Mountain 
with Laelia see Prof. Moore Smith's edition of that play. 

74. 2. Ad Dudlxum North] Dudley North (i 581-1 666) was 
the eldest son of Sir John North, and in 1600 succeeded his 
grandfather, Roger, as Lord North. He was educated at 
Cambridge, and was a skilled musician, a poet and an essayist. 

75. 2. Ad Gulielmum Shakefpeare~] Attention seems first to 
have been called to this sonnet by Beloe in his notice of 
Weever (Anecdotes of Literature, vi. 156-60). The word 
4 het ' in 1. 13 means * heated '. 

12, 14.] Mr. Crawford points out the curious echo of 
these lines in a couplet attributed to Weever in England's 
Parnassus, sig. C 2 (ed. Collier, p. 23): 'Faire words, andpowre- 
attractiue bewtie, Bring men to wanton in subiectiue dutie. 

76. 2. In Ed: Allen] The comparison of Allen with Roscius, 
and the English with the Roman stage, recalls that in Nashe's 
Pierce Penilesse, 1592 (ed. 3), F 4-4 v , but the idea is obvious 
enough. I suppose that < Meander ' should be * Menander ' 
though he was of course no Roman. The fourth line is obscure, 
but there is presumably an allusion to the Swan Theatre on the 

77. 1-2. fir Thomas Gerrard] Son of Sir Thomas Gerrard 
of Bryn, Lancashire. In 1595 he was appointed governor or 
captain of the Isle of Man. See A. W. Moore, Hist, of I. ofM., 
1900, i. 224-5, 228-9; Ormerod, Hist, of Cheshire, ii. 132 ; 
Misc. GeneaL et Herald., i. 46. He was Knight Marshal in 
1597, see Stow, Annals, ed. 1615, p. 786. 

78. 2. Ad Petrum Leigh] Presumably Piers Leigh of Lyme 
Hanley, or Hanley, in Cheshire; sheriff of Chester 1595; for 
some time Sir T. Gerrard's deputy in the Isle of Man ; knighted 
2 July, 1598, at Greenwich; died in 1636, aet. 73. See 



Ormerod, Hist, of Cheshire, iii. 675. Connected with the 
Gerrard family, see Harleian Soc. Publications, xviii. 153. 

81. 5. Brundon] I can learn nothing of this person. 

8-9] Mr. Crawford points out that these lines parody the 
Faery Queen, II. ii. 29 : ' Vaine is the vaunt, and victorie un 
just, That more to mighty hands then rightfull cause doth trust.* 

82. 2. In Cumberlandice Comiteni] George Clifford, third Earl 
(1558-1605). From 1586 to 1600 he spent the greater part of 
his time in naval expeditions against the Spaniards. 

1 1. Ad Nathanielem Fletcher] He became fellow of Queens' 
College, Cambridge, in 1594 (Laelia, ed. Moore Smith, xvi). 

85. 9. Ad Thomam Holecroft] Son of Sir Thomas Holecroft 
of Vale Royal, Whitegate, Cheshire, who was marshal to 
Q. Mary. He was knighted in 1603 and still alive in 1613. 
See Ormerod, Hist, of Cheshire, ii. 154. 

86. 9. De Rollo] Beloe points out that this epigram, save for 
the last two lines, is from the Latin of Michael Tarcagnota 
Marullus (d. 1500). See M. T. Marullus, H. Angerianus, et I. 
Secundus, Poetae elegantissimi, Speyer, 1595, p. 26. 

88. 9. Ad Gulielmum Grantani] There was a Nottinghamshire 
family of the name Grantham, but I cannot identify the person 
alluded to. 

89. 2. Ad loannem Egerton] There was a John Egerton of 
Egerton and Oulton, Cheshire, b. 1551, knighted 1599, d. 1614 ; 
see Ormerod, Hist, of Cheshire, ii. 629. Also John Egerton, 
1579-1649, who in 1617 became first Earl of Bridgewater ; see 
D. N. B. The name was not uncommon and it is difficult to 
say who is meant. 

9. Ad Henricum Porter] This epigram has been supposed 
to refer to the author of The Two Angry Women of Abington, but 
the identification must be regarded as doubtful. There was 
a Henry Porter of Brasenose Coll., Oxford, who matriculated in 

[Q] [ ,2i ] 


1589, and one (perhaps the same) who studied at Christ Church 
and became bachelor of music 1 600 (see Gayley, Representative 
English Comedies, 518-20; Gayley believes the musician to be 
referred to here ; but Weever was not, as he supposes, an Oxford 

90. 1-2. fir Cutbert Halsey] He must have been the Cuthbert 
Halsell who was knighted in Ireland in 1 599 on the same occasion 
as Sir Edward Warren ; see Shaw, Knights of England, ii. 96. 
I can discover nothing more about him. 

91. 2. Ad Richardum Houghton] See note on 3. 2-3. 

92. 2. In tumulum Thonuz Houghton] In the genealogy of 
Hough ton of Houghton Tower in Harl. MS. 6159, fol. 44 V , 
there is a Thomas son of Sir Richard by his first wife, and 
another by his second wife, but the dates of their deaths are not 
given. There was also a Thomas belonging to the Cheshire family 
of the name; see Ormerod, Hist, of Cheshire, ii. 290. 

12. In Gulielmum Houghton] I can discover no William 

93- 3- with mutton and pottage] Cf. Love's Labour's Lost, I. 
i. 304. 

94. 9. In tumulum luellt] John Jewel (1522-71), the famous 
bishop of Salisbury. He was buried in Salisbury Cathedral. 

95. 2. In tumulum Ferdinand. Darbie] Ferdinando Stanley, 
Earl of Derby, ? 1 5 59-94. His death, which took place at 
Lathom House, Lancashire, in April, 1594, was rumoured to 
be due to witchcraft (see Stow, Annals, ed. 1615, pp. 7668), 
which is alluded to in the next epigram. It would be natural to 
suppose that these two epigrams were written in 1594 or 1595, 
but the style is certainly not less immature than that of some 
which are certainly of later date, and they may have been 


96. 4. merit] i. e. reward. 

97. 6. abfolute] The same adjective is used of Warner's poem 
by Nashe in his Preface to Menaphon, ed. Arber, p. 1 7, ' Poetrie 
. . . hath not beene any whit disparaged by William Warners 
absolute Albions? 

13. my little tale of Troy] After its original issue in 1589 
Peele's Tale of Troy was printed as a thumb-book, and an edition 
dated 1604, measuring about i j. inches high, has been preserved 
(see Mr. Bullen's edition of Peele, ii. 235). It seems, however, 
certain from an allusion in Hall's Virgidemiae, 1597, ii. i. 39-42, 
as well as from the present passage, that there was an earlier 
edition of diminutive size. 

99. 2. In obitum Thomts Ft/her] Not identified. 

101. 2. In Gulielmum Rick:] William Rich, pensioner of 
Pembroke Hall, Cambridge, 1583; B. A. 1586-7; M. A. 1590. 
Elected a proctor of the University in 1598. He published 
Latin verses on the accession of James I. See Cooper, Ath. 
Cant., ii. 385. 

II. In obitum Ed. Spencer] According to John Chamberlain 
(Letters, Camden Soc., 1 86 1, p. 41) Spenser died on the 
Saturday before Jan. 17, 1 598/9, i. e. Jan. 13, not as is generally 
stated Jan. 16. This epigram is the authority for thinking that 
the Ruins of Time volume was called in, though this may have 
been rather on account of Mother Hubberd's Tale, which was 
included in the same volume. 

102. 2. Ad lacobum Thornton] I can discover no person of 
the name who can possibly be referred to. 

9. In Ed: Wrightington] I can learn nothing of him. There 
was a Hull family of the name (Hunter, Fam. Mm. Gent.^ iii. 


103. 1-2. fir Peter Leigh] See note on p. 78. 



104. 2. Ad Thomam Gerard~\ See note on p. 77. 

105. 6. Pretour] The word is unknown to me in any sense 
applicable here. 

107. 1 6. Grillus] Cf. Marston's Satires, 4. 31. Marston 
alludes to Hall under the name, but it is doubtful whether 
Weever intends to do so or not. 

108. 3-6. But nvodden chalices . . .] The idea in this epigram 
is familiar, but I cannot now trace an earlier example of it than 
one in Alexander Cooke's Pope Joane. A Dialogue betiueene 
a Protestant and a Papist, 1610, sig. G 2 (in HarL Misc., 1 808- 
13, iv. 91), where the saying of St. Boniface the Martyr, 'Olim 
aurei sacerdotes ligneis vasis, nunc lignei aureis utuntur,' is quoted 
from Fran9ois Douaren, 1509-59, De sacris Eccles. Benejic. ac 
Minist., 1551, lib. ii, cap. 4. I am indebted to Mr. Crawford 
for the reference. 

109. 24. de obitu . . . Thomes Egerton^ This is presumably 
the eldest son of Sir Thomas Egerton, Baron Ellesmere, and 
the brother of the John Egerton who became the first Earl of 
Bridgewater (cf. note on 89. 2). He was knighted in 1597, 
and was killed in Ireland in August, 1599. See D.N.B., Sir 
Thomas Egerton. 

HO. 2. In Tubrioneni\ Cf. Marston's Satires, I. 89, &c. 

3 . Extramnemers\ I have sought in vain for any explanation 
of this word. 

10. gainft the w/W] i.e. (?) against Court favour. 

III. 5. The Vicarage of Saint Fooles] Cf. Nashe's Anatomy of 
Absurdity, A l v ; Hall's Virgidemiae, ii. 5. 19. 

Steeple faire] Apparently in the first instance a name for 
a common fair, a perversion of staple = market, but used specially 
for an imaginary place where benefices were to be purchased, cf. 



Hall's Vtrgtdenoati ii. 5. 7, and The Return from Parnassus, 
part ii, IV. ii. 1764 (ed. Macray). In Farmer and Henley's 
Slang Diet, it is explained in the first passage as =St. Paul's. 

112. 2. Ad Richar dum Houghton\ See note on 3. 2-3. 

12. Ad Leftorem\ What is here said about the epigramma 
tists C. Pedo Albino vanus and Cn. Gaetulicus seems to be 
purely imaginary. 


Names of Weaver's contemporaries are printed in small 
capitals. Some others such as Brundon, Cordred, and Rodering 
are perhaps real persons but have not been identified as such. 

The placing of a page-number in clarendon (heavy-faced) type 
indicates an epigram upon the subject. The full title of an 
epigram is only indexed when it does not contain a name. 

Albioris England, Warner's, 97. 

ALLEN, E., 76. 

ALLOT, R., 64. 

Apelles, 68. 

Asinum quendam, In, 97. 

Audria, in. 

Avari, In tumulum, 96. 

B., T., 6. 
Battus, 54. 
Bollana, 49. 
Boscus, 22, 1 06. 
Braggadochio, 81. 
Bridewell, n i. 
Brillus, 19. 
Brundon, 81. 
Brusus, 24. 
Brutus, 59. 
Bunas, 50. 
Bunna, 66. 
Burgloneroes (?), 1 2. 
BUTLER, H., 63. 
Byrrha, 56. 

Cacus, 108. 
Calvus, 41. 
Cario, 35. 

Game leporina, De, 32. 
Carus, 104. 
Castilio, n, 38 (2). 
Charis, 80. 
Chion, 44. 
Chloes, 104. 
Choerilus, 112. 
Chypus, 1 06. 
Claius, 106. 

Cleopatra, Daniel's, 95. 
CLIFFORD, G., Earl of Cumber 
land, 82. 
Clio, 12. 
Coa, 43. 
Cordredus, no. 
Cormungus, 18. 
Corvus, 35, 54. 

COVEL, W., 60. 

Crassus, 19, 23. 
Cuckold's Haven, 41. 


Cumberland, see Clifford. 
Cyna, 100. 

Dacon, 63. 

DALTON, R., 29, 31, 44. 

DANIEL, 1 1 (?), 95. 

Daphne Apollinem fugiens, 59. 

Derby, see Stanley. 

DEVEREUX, R., Earl of Essex, 


Devil's Ditch, 41. 
DRAYTON, M., n, 28. 

EGERTON, J., 89. 
EGERTON, T., 109. 
ELIZABETH, Queen, 18, 73. 
Epigramma, 64. 
Epigrammatis suis, De, 20. 
Eripha, 67. 
Essex, see Devereux. 

Faber, 65. 

Fama et Amor, 21. 

Fatorum Dominum, Ad, 52. 

Felix, 25. 

FISH, J., 99. 

FISHER, T., 99. 

FLETCHER, N., 82. 

Florella, 27. 

Fuca, 57. 

Fulva, 35. 

Fusca, 49, 55. 

Galbus, 84. 

Galla, 93. 

GERARD, Sir T., 77, 104. 

Getulicus, 112. 

Glorianus, 58. 

Gnidus, 70. 

Grant (=Granta), 7, 10. 
GRANTAM, W., 88. 
GRAVE, G., 60. 
Grillus, 107. 
Gullio, 43. 
GURNEY, E., 8. 

HALL, J., his Virgidemiae, n 

(see note). 
HALSEY, Sir C., 90. 
Homer, 112. 

Homine in Luna, De, 50. 
Horace, 25. 

HOUGHTON, Sir R., 3, 91,112 (?). 
HOUGHTON, T., 92. 
HOUGHTON, W., 92. 
Hugo, 68, 106 (2). 
Hypocritam fabrum, In, 65. 

Ingenium, Fortuna, Fama, 21. 
Interlunio, De, 49. 
Iscus, 79. 
Isis, 10. 

Jella, 86. 

JEWEL, J., bp. of Salisbury, 94. 

JONSON, B., 96. 

K., I., 6. 

Knave's Acre, 41. 

Lacus, 107. 

Lselia, 73. 

Lectorem, Ad, 17, 45, 54, 91, 


LEIGH, Sir P., 78, 103. 
Liber ad Authorem, 100. 


Lippus, 83. 

Lollus, 42 (2). 

Lolus, 44. 

Lucia, 73. 

Lycus paedagogus, 58. 

Lygdus, 25. 

MANNERS, R., Earl of Rutland, 

2 3 
MARSTON, J., 96 ; his Scourge of 

Villany^ 1 1 (see note). 
Martial, translation from, 60. 
Marcus, 33. 
Matho, 70. 
Mella, 87. 
MERITON, G., 73. 

MlDDLETON, C., 64. 
MlLWARD, M., 9. 

Mirmedon, 41. 
MOLYNEUX, Sir R., 47. 
Monoceros, 24. 


Mounteagle, see Parker. 

Naevius, 85. 

Nigellum, 26 (2). 

Nomen in Marmore sculptum, 


NORTH, Dudley, 74. 

Ore, De, 55. 
Otho, 12, 83. 
OVERALL, J., 61. 
OXBURGHE, T., 65. 

PALMER, Dr., 37. 
Palmo, 66. 

PARKER, W., Lord Monteagle, 


Paris Garden, 41. 
Paul's, 33. 
Paul's Wharf, 110. 
Pedo, 112. 
Pedro, 12. 
Perylus, 44 . 
Phileros, 39. 
Plato, 69. 

PLAYFERE, T., 69. 
Pliny, 32. 
Poenus, 24. 
Pontus, 84, 105. 
PORTER, H., 89. 
Portianus, 107. 

Queens' College, Cambridge, 7 3. 
Quintus, 80, 109. 

Ramistas, In, 51 (2). 
RICH, W., 101. 
Roderingus, 56, 57. 
Roll, 31. 
Rollus, 86. 

Rosamund, Daniel's, 95. 
Rubrio, 72, 81. 
Rudio, 74. 
Ruffinus, 34 (2). 
Rufus, 78, 79, 98. 
Rullus, 72. 
Rutland, see Manners. 

Sabidus, 60. 
Scaliger, 55. 
Scylla, 99. 
Se, De, 17, 28. 
Septimel, 72. 


Sheep's Green, 20. 

SHUTE, R., 70. 

SHUTE, R., junior, 72. 

SIDNEY, Sir P., 28. 

Simple, Abraham, 97. 

Sippus, 88. 

Sparsus, 105. 

SPENSER, E., 101. 

Spurius (?), 68. 

STANLEY, F., Earl of Derby, 95. 

Stella, 79. 

Steron, 67. 

Stratus, 39. 

Sturbridge Fair, 51. 

Sull, 86. 

Sulla, in. 

Sullus, 93. 

Sutor, 65. 

Tamyras, 12. 
THORNTON, J., 102. 

Thyrus, 20. 
Titus, 32. 
Torto, 31. 
Troy, A Tale of, 97. 
Troynovant, 10. 
Tubrio, no. 
Tubro, 12. 
Tyburn, 41, 43. 

UPCHER, J., 64. 
UPCHER, R., 40. 

Vertumnus, 44. 

Vulpem puritanum, In, 87. 

WARNER, W., 97. 
WARREN, Sir E., 62. 
Westminster, 88, no. 

Zoilus, 98. 

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Printer to the University 

John Weaver's Epigrams 
J 599 



[In counting the lines every line of print has been included.] 

i. 6 ftudie] Tailed e, perhaps 
intended to stand for 
e + period. See In 
troductory Note. 
9 frfi] Possibly fir ft 

3. 5 Lanchifhire 
15-16 per i)fe 

4. 6 exrcifed 

5. ii tendes 

6. 13 accute 

7. 2 withing] ing crossed 

through in MS. 

8. 5 And 

12-17] The Greek is full of 

errors. See Note. 
1 7 a#Aoj>] The accent is da 
maged and very faint. 

9. 5 occulos] The first c is 

crossed through in 

1 5 That . . . know] Under 
lined in MS. 
10. 9 Pofes, 

ii. II cannot 

19. 1 8 whom] m deleted in 

20. 7 pleafde] mee inserted in 

MS. after this word. 

21. 8 thee,] Comma doubtful, 

owing to defect in 

22. 7 naght's 

24. 9 eu'ry] An apostrophe 
has been added in 
MS., but I think 
there is a trace of 
a printed one below. 
28. 12-15] Should not the two 
couplets be trans 

31.6 valour : 
1 8 when 

33- J 3 (//)] I* *fo original 
these marks look most 
like two italic i 's with 
the dot and the lower 


curl cut away, the 
second being inverted. 
Whether it is meant 
to indicate that only 
the two uprights of 
the M remain, or 
whether the characters 
are supposed to repre 
sent cracks across the 
letter, I cannot say. 
35. 10 old-cook 

36. 3 de/unt.^ The stop may 

possibly be a colon. 
Under this line is 
added in MS. (in tivo 
fines) : nihil hie nisi 
verbera defunt. Are 
yo u but 20 ye a rs 
old, friend? 

37. 7 frcfli 

40. 15 killd he] A faint mark 
possibly a trace of 
a comma after killd 
41.9 Mirmedontis, 
7, 8] These lines are under 
lined in MS. and 
below the second is 
written : And how 
reitfrently handlfe 
yo u this fcripture. 
There is also some 
obliterated scribble in 
the margin* 
15 hempon 

44. 7 titls 
47. 13 yon 
49. 14 Wife 
52. I o Taproban : 
15 Bellerephon, 

53. 8 Chaos 

58. 8-13] A bracket down 

the side in MS., and 
a word (or part of 
a word) written in 
the margin. It looks 
as much like goo + 
a curl as anything, 
but the beginning may 
have been cut off. 

59. 3-6] A bracket in the mar 

gin in MS. 

6 1. 14 when (Possibly it was 
intended that epig. 4 
on p. 50 should follow 

65. 17 petticorte 

furr d] Possibly the 
faintest trace of an 
apostrophe, for which 
there is space. 

66. 19; 67. 2, 3 Eripha(m) 

67. 14 heart] a faint mark, 

possibly comma. 

68. 13 was't 
71.9 retaite 

72.7 Hele] Space but no 

apostrophe visible. 


73- 5 Tis 

74. 3 lufl] In margin luflre 
in MS. 

9 Y on g (0 
12 gallan/ 

76. 4 Meander, 

77. 2 knight, Marfhall] Read 

perhaps Knight Mar 

8 1. 9 vntruft, 
14 Galettza 

86. 9 ^pig. From here on 
wards a Roman E 
is frequently used. 
These are not noted. 
87. 10 or'epaft: 

88. 4 pillor- 
89. 13 youth, as 
90. 3 ornament 
92. ii hunting 
93. I fifth 

10 defir'd] A space for the 
apostrophe, which, 
however, printed as a 

dot over the r. How 
it got there I can 
not say. 
94. 7 ti's 

8 hane (with turned u). 

96. 9 In 

97. 6 Thy Albion's abfolute] 

Underlined, and Noo 
added in MS. in 
II in 

104. 13 carum 
107. 2] In margin A Cruell 

Cappe in MS. 
14 Nofe] After this wear 
or perhaps do wear 
added in MS. 

1 08. 3-8] Underlined. Bracket 
at side, and Noo in 


no. 15 Arts, 

in. 13 Eringe] Read perhaps 

B/NDJNG SECT. MAR 2 1 1968 

PR Weever, John 

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